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Queensland Health dental services are provided through public dental clinics across Queensland. All newly arrived refugees have access to a prioritised oral health assessment.

Tzu Chi Foundation – Inclusive Health Dental Clinic is a not-for-profit dental clinic support those who are struggling and facing barriers in accessing services elsewhere, such as:

  • People seeking asylum
  • Rough sleepers who are unable to access public services due to complex health needs.
  • People experiencing/experienced domestic violence who require urgent treatment

Referral – New medical History Referral Form

More information: Ph:0428 155 895/ tima.bris@tzuchi.org.au or xalucie.truong@micahprojects.org.au

Metro South Brisbane

How to make a referral to Metro South Brisbane Oral Health Hub (MSOH) 

Referral of Refugees and Asylum Seekers to MSOH -Processes and Flow Chart

  1. Use the MSOH Referral Form
  2. Email the form to MSOH.RAS.Referrals@health.qld.gov.au
  3. MSOH HUB will register the patient on the Refugee Referral Waiting List.
  4. MSOH HUB will notify the MSOH clinic via email that the patient has been placed on the Refugee Referral Waiting List and will fax the Referral Form to a dental clinic.
  5. The dental clinic will contact the patient to arrange an appointment (using the NSW translated appointment tool).
  6. The clinic will email/mail/SMS the patient and referring agency the details of the appointment.

Emergency treatment
Contact MSOH HUB to access emergency services. A dental emergency is defined by Queensland Health Dental Services as trauma including loss of function; swelling; uncontrolled bleeding; or infection.

How to make an emergency dental appointment

  1. Refugee and asylum seeker support agencies/health clinic will contact MSOH HUB on 1300 300 850.
  2. Nominate a dental clinic that the patient can access.
  3. The MSOH HUB will make a dental appointment at a suitably located public dental clinic and send the appointment details via SMS to the patient.
  4. Agency staff should confirm appointment details (location and time) with the patient. Agency staff should emphasise that the patient must attend 10 minutes early and must contact MSOH HUB on 1300 300 850 if they cannot attend.
  5. Agency staff should fax the MSOH Referral Form to MSOH HUB on 07 3156 4345
  6. MSOH HUB will send an email to nominated clinic and will fax the Referral Form to the MSOH clinic.

Further information
e: metrosouthoralhealth@health.qld.gov.au
www: metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/oral-health
t: 1300 300 850 f: (07) 3156 4345

Metro North Brisbane

How to Refer a patient:

1. Download the MNOHS Refugee Asylum Seeker referral form.

2. In addition Download the Queensland Health Medical History Medical Form
3. Fax Referral and Medical History forms to: (07) 5433 8577 or scan and Email: mnohs-referrals@health.qld.gov.au

For General Enquiries – Ph: 1300 300 850

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service – Oral Health

How to make a general referral

Other Queensland Regions

Toowoomba Hospital Dental Clinic: Ph: 1300 300 850​ (option #2)

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service: 1300 300 850
For all other Queensland Regional Areas see Queensland Health for details

Tzu Chi Foundation – Inclusive Health Dental Clinic

Eligibility Criteria: non-for-profit dental clinic supports those who are struggling and facing barriers in accessing services elsewhere, for instance:

    • People seeking asylum
    • Rough sleepers who are unable to access public services due to complex health needs.
    • People experiencing/experienced domestic violence who require urgent treatment

How to Refer

New medical History Form -For Referral.pdf

 New referrals are welcomed, and urgent cases are prioritised.
• Fill in the  Medical History Form and specify “Concerns / Problems with Teeth”.
• Email the form to clinic, with a summary of the client’s situation and barriers preventing them from accessing services elsewhere
•  Each referral will be assessed individually and appointments will be booked accordingly if eligible.
• If further clarification required or referral has been determined not eligible, the agency will receive notification from the clinic.

Contact details:

‘Share the same smile’ – Pictorial Presentation for newly arrived humanitarian entrants
Adapted with permission by RHNQ from NSW Health – Oral Health Strategy and NSW Refugee Health Service this presentation ‘Share the Same smile’ gives an overview of oral health services and looking after your teeth in Queensland.

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Resources

Translated Resources

Queensland Health – Oral Health

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