Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Clinic closure

Our Port Augusta clinic is temporarily closed. Please contact our Whyalla clinic during this period.

40th anniversary



SA Dental Service was proclaimed on 1 July 1982 by the Governor of South Australia and will celebrate 40 years anniversary of such on 1 July 2022.

The new organisation was an amalgamation of the Dental Health Services Branch of the then SA Health Commission, and the Dental Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Since then, SA Dental has been delivering services to all eligible South Australians and supporting individuals to improve their oral health by providing dental care.

Today, we are recognised as leaders in population oral health improvement, policy, advocacy, education and health promotion to improve oral health for all South Australians, with a specific focus on increasing equity in oral health for priority population groups.

A walk down memory lane

Student lab dental

Student lab 1980s

Student lab dental

Student lab 1980s

ADH display

The old Adelaide Dental Hospital (ADH) display of Professor P.R Begg's work who developed the orthodontic Begg technique

Graduation 1980

The graduating class of 1980

dental clinic reception

Somerton clinic 1988

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