SA Dental Service will be implementing a new emergency dental service for residents living in South Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) commencing 1 October 2020.
The Residential Aged Care Emergency (RACE) Dental Service will provide emergency dental care for residents who are unable to attend a public dental clinic due to severe physical, functional and/or cognitive impairment.
RACE defines two designated emergency dental referral pathways for senior RACF staff (such as RNs, Care Managers, Care Coordinators) and/or GPs to follow:
To be eligible for public dental care, residents must have a current pensioner concession card or a health care card. Ineligible residents should be referred to a private dental provider (private fees apply).
For more information please refer to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/RACEdental