Having benefitted enormously from this site over the past few months (Thanks to everyone who contributes!), and especially now that we have finally arrived in Adelaide (16th December 2009), I thought it was about time I contributed to the forum with something that other people may find useful!
Unfortunately, my 7 year old lad had a fall in the house on Saturday (thanks to the enthusiastic 4 year old younger brother on his back!) and he chipped both his front teeth - adult teeth as well! Anyway, after a bit of panicking and some help from our friendly landlord (you know who you are - thankyou!) we managed to speak to the out-of-hours emergency dental clinic. They offered advice and were very helpful and then told us of the local clinic to attend first thing Monday to get it looked at.
After making an appointment on the telephone, we went along yesterday and got his teeth looked at by the very professional and helpful staff at the Dental Clinic in Glenelg. They did a fantastic job fixing his teeth and it was a bit of a shock when they informed me it was free of charge!
Apparently any emergency dental work on children is free. They also informed us that for the kids treatment, we can go back to that dental clinic or another more local to us and they charge a one off fee of just $37 per visit, regardless of what treatment is required. Our 4 year old will also be able to benefit as there is no charge whatsoever for pre-school kids.
This was all news to us. We assumed that we would be paying full whack for the kids and when we do finally get our healthcare sorted, that we would have to go private for the children as well. It seems it's just the adults that will need that cover.
Hope this is of use to some of you with children!