Our organisation

Dental Health Services Victoria was set up in 1996. It is the leading public oral health agency in Victoria. The Victorian Government funds Dental Health Services Victoria to provide clinical dental services.

DHSV provides dental services through The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM). It also purchases dental services from over 50 community health agencies throughout Victoria.

Do you have a question about any of the services or programs provided by the DHSV Victoria?


(03) 9341 1000 Melbourne metro or 
1800 833 039 outside Melbourne metro area

Email your question to us at enquiries@dhsv.org.au

DHSV uses its leadership role to add value to its relationships with agencies to improve oral health and provide as many oral health services to as many eligible people as possible.

We are also guided by Victorian and national oral health plans, regional oral health plans, evidence-based oral health promotion resources and research publications.

About DHSV

About The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne is Victoria’s centre of excellence in oral health.

We are the home of specialist oral healthcare in the public system, as well as providing world-class general and emergency care. Our passionate experts offer treatment in orthodontics; special needs dentistry; oral and maxillofacial surgery; endodontics; periodontics; prosthodontics; paediatric dentistry; and oral medicine.

We’re also the state’s leading oral health teaching institution. Most Victorian oral health professionals start their journey at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. In partnership with the University of Melbourne, RMIT and La Trobe University, we provide students with their earliest practical training. In our clinics, labs and lecture theatres, they learn not only the intricacies of their disciplines but the value and power of public health.

Today, after more than 130 years serving the community, the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne stands as the beacon for oral healthcare in Victoria. In an uncertain world, in moments of crisis, RDHM is an institution Victorians trust to receive compassion and clinical excellence.

The history of The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne dates back to 1890 when dentists began providing voluntary services out of premises at 225 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Known then as the Melbourne Dental Hospital, it moved to 189 Lonsdale and then 193 Spring Street, before Victoria’s first purpose-built dental hospital was opened in Grattan Street, Parkville, in 1963. In 1969 its name was changed to The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne. In 2003 the Hospital moved to its current location at 720 Swanston Street, Carlton.

The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne is Victoria’s leading dental teaching facility, working in partnership with The University of Melbourne, RMIT University and La Trobe University in the education of dental and oral health professionals.

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