Many disadvantaged people go without dental care, often because of the long waiting lists at community dental clinics, or they cannot afford the co-payments required for treatment. Yet lack of essential dental work can severely affect people’s overall health, sap their confidence and even prevent them from working.
When people with missing, unsightly and painful teeth have their dental health restored, not only is their overall health and wellbeing improved but they can also re-enter employment.
The Brotherhood’s Dental Care program can assist people gain access to community dental clinics, and help cover the cost of treatment through a community clinic or in some cases by a private dentist.
People who hold a Health Care Card and are in need of dental care are eligible for the program.
In some instances people who do not have a Health Care Card but are in urgent need of dental assistance, may be able to be assisted. If you'd like to provide us with your details it would be most helpful to us if you can do so by completing our form online to let us know how we may be able to help you. This way we can get in touch with you easier and faster than before.If you do not wish to fill out the form, please send us your contact details by email and we will contact you as soon as possible, please be aware we will be able to respond to you faster if the online form is completed.
Phone: (03) 8781 5903Email: dental.services(at)bsl.org.au
The Dental Care program welcomes volunteers across Australia who are qualified dentists, orthodontists or denture makers.
To view the volunteering information, or to enquire, visit our Volunteer page.
The Dental Care program grew out of a trial in 2010 called Teeth First after many of our clients reported that poor dental health prevented them from finding jobs, and left them feeling self-conscious or embarrassed in social situations.
In 2011, to throw light on the impact of lack of access to dental care for millions of Australians, the Brotherhood published the End The Decay report into the economic and social costs of poor dental health which found that:
Unemployed people on Newstart survive on as little as $38.48 a day - that's $269.40 a week for all the essentials.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.
Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.