Dental brochureFree public dental health care is available to people with HIV (PLWHA) who hold a Health Care or Pension Card in a number of settings across NSW within Local Health Districts (LHDs). In some LHDs arrangements are made to provide enhanced dental health care for PLWHA.

In LHDs where enhanced dental health care for PLWHA is not available, free dental care could be accessed through public dental health services. PLWHA in NSW who hold a Health Care or Pension Card are eligible. Appointments will be allocated based on needs and priority will be given to dental emergency, including

  • Bleeding in the mouth that will not stop.
  • Swelling of the face from a tooth infection.
  • Recent injury to the teeth.

NSW General Public Dental Health Services

Below are the subsidised dental health clinics for PLWHA in some LHDs in NSW. Clinic locations and contact details for appointments are varied depending on the LHD in which you live. Phone numbers for access to public dental services are specified below:

  • South Western Sydney LHD on (02) 9293 3333 or (02) 9828 5945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Sydney LHD on (02) 9293 3333, the HARP Unit on (02) 9828 5945 or Sydney Dental Hospital for primary assessment on (02) 9293-3333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • St Vincent's Hospital Dental Department on (02) 8382 3129 to make an appointment Tuesdays-Thursdays 08:30-16:30.
  • South Eastern Sydney LHD on 1300 134 226.
    Provision of funding assistance up to $1,000 for dental work including: dental assessment, regular 6 monthly check-ups, scaling and cleaning, fillings, extractions and dentures, but does not include cosmetic dentistry at various private dental clinics. For further information please contact the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation intake officers on (02) 9283 8666 or 1800 651 011.
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD on 1300 369 651.
    Provision of funding assistance up to $1,000 for dental work including: dental assessment, regular 6 monthly check-ups, scaling and cleaning, fillings, extractions and dentures, but does not include cosmetic dentistry at various private dental clinics. For further information please contact the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation intake officers on (02) 9283 8666 or 1800 651 011.
  • Northern NSW Mid North Coast LHD on 1300 651 625.
  • Hunter New England LHD on 1300 651 625 or John Hunter Hospital on (02) 4922 3472 or ACON Newcastle, on (02) 4962 7700.
  • Central Coast Northern Sydney LHD on 1300 789 404.
  • Murrumbidgee Southern NSW LHD on 1800 450 046.
  • Western Sydney Nepean Blue Mountains LHD on (02) 9845 6766 or 1300 739 949 (landline ONLY).
  • Far West Western NSW LHD on 1300 552 626.

The appointment offered may not be at your closest clinic but it may give you the earliest appointment. You can choose to go to your closest clinic but you may need to wait for an appointment.

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