Clinical - Regional Dental

Requested by: NZ Herald | Response provided: 2018-12-03
Category: Dental Services

Re: Official Information Act request - oral health data

Thank you for your Official Information Act request of 1 November 2018 seeking the following of Waitemata District Health Board (DHB):

• The number of children eligible for the free dental service in DH B's coverage area for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Please list each year separately including until end October 2018.

• The number of children registered for the service - if it differs.

• The number of children seen by a dental clinic (including mobile ones) during the above period.

• The number of reminders sent out to patients/their caregivers each year.

• Details of why there may have been a difference between the number patients eligible, those sent reminders and those who were seen.

• Should all patients registered with the service be sent reminders?

• Have there been any problems which may have led to caregivers not receiving reminders?

• How often should children have check-ups?

The same request was made of the Auckland DHB and Counties Manukau DHB.

Waitemata DHB provides community oral health services to children across metropolitan Auckland. Given this, Counties Manukau DHB transferred its request to us on 5 November 2018. Auckland DHB did the same on 14 November 2018. Therefore, this response is provided on behalf of Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs.


Our regional response is attached