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Dental van operators fined almost $200,000 for illegally X-raying children

14 August 2018

A mobile dental van operator that illegally X-rayed thousands of schoolchildren across NSW has been fined almost $200,000.

Downing Centre magistrate Hugh Donnelly said the offences committed by Sydney-based Australian Aged Dental Care Pty Ltd warranted a penalty of almost $700,000, though he was jurisdictionally restrained from setting it.

Dr Neil Peppitt, NSW president of the Australian Dental Association, said children should never be unnecessarily exposed to radiation, and X-rays should only be performed by qualified staff with the appropriate licence.

"We encourage parents, school principals and anyone else who has concerns about children’s treatment by Smiles Onsite, also known as Australian Mobile Dental Care, to contact the Health Care Complaints Commission," Dr Peppitt said.

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