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Who are we

Dental Health Services Victoria provides clinical dental services through The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and purchases dental services for public patients from community health agencies throughout Victoria. It also plays the leading role in Victoria in developing and delivering oral health promotion programs designed to prevent oral disease and improve oral health in the community.

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Media contacts

Evonne Madden

Mobile: 0400 911 316

Interviews and background briefings can be arranged with our staff whose areas of expertise include

  • Children’s dentistry
  • Caries (dental decay)
  • Periodontics (gum disease)
  • Orthodontics
  • Implants
  • Aboriginal oral health
  • Population statistics and trends in oral health
  • Oral surgery

We also have staff able to provide clinical statements on

  • mouth rinses
  • tooth whitening
  • mouth injury
  • mouth piercings
  • the impact of foods and drinks on oral health.

Public dental services

Where are public dental services available?

  • The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne in Carlton
  • Public clinics located in community health centres and regional hospitals around Victoria
  • Relocatable clinics and dental vans located in high-need areas around the State that visit aged care facilities and schools for children with special needs
  • Ozanam House (for homeless men) in North Melbourne.

What services are available?

  • Emergency dental care
  • General dental care for adults, children and youth – including check-ups, cleaning and fillings
  • Specialist care at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and some community clinics - including orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics,  prosthodontics and oral surgery
  • Dentures
  • Student clinics - free treatment by students under the supervision of fully qualified and experienced dentists and oral health professionals at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and some community dental clinics.

Who can get public dental care?

  • All children aged 12 years and under
  • Adults and adolescents aged 13 years and over if they or their parents hold a health care or pensioner concession card
  • Some children and adolescents without a concession card may be eligible for treatment in certain circumstances.