Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public dental services

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Dental services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


RDHM Aboriginal public dental services

Dental Services for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander brochure

(PDF doc icon PDF 7 MB)

DHSV Reconciliation Action Plan 2019

Dental Health Services Victoria
Reconciliation Action Plan 2019 -2021

(PDF doc icon PDF 1.6 MB)



Carleen Miller
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Mon - Thurs
On site: 10am-4.30pm
Call: (03) 9341 1163


All other times please call:

Patient Services: 9341 1000

We apologise for any misinformation previously stated on this website, and we have amended the following.

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV's) is passionate about reducing the huge gaps that exist between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the rest of the population.

We work closely with Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (VACCHO) and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients through the public dental health system.

We understand that coming to a large hospital like The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) can be a little scary. You can request time with our Aboriginal Liaison Officer for a chat or if you and your family require ongoing support throughout your course of dental treatment.

What does it cost?


If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can get free:

  • emergency dental care
  • general dental care
  • denture care.

However, if you need specialist care we will work out how much you need to pay.

Are there waiting lists?

There are no waiting lists for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients for general dental care and denture care.

We will offer you the first appointment that is available.

There are waitlists for specialist care and an appointment is offered when your name comes to the top of the list.

DHSV Reconciliation Action Plan

DHSV has developed a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to replace the Aboriginal Oral Health Plan.  The RAP provides the framework for a more culturally safe, dynamic, innovative and diverse workforce. It supports opportunities to work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and build on the work we continue to do.

Download the DHSV Reconciliation Action Plan 2019 - 2021

Our Stories - Robert Critch
Robert Critch, Gunaikurnai patient at RDHM

As a young Gunaikurnai man growing up in Broadmeadows, Robert Critch was too busy working and worrying about his finances to give his dental health a second thought. It wasn’t until he had to have the last of his natural teeth extracted at the age of 27 that he realised the consequences of poor oral health.

Robert got in touch with The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) and has been attending denture appointments. He is optimistic that this time he will get the smile he has always dreamed of.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flagsRDHM acknowledges the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of this land on which we work. And we welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our service.