Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities

RDHM Aboriginal public dental services

Dental Services for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander brochure

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Carleen Miller
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Mon, Tues, Wed &Thurs
Call: (03) 9341 1163


All other times please call:

Patient Services: 9341 1000

Dental Health Services Victoria's (DHSV's) Diversity team 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.

Our Diversity Team works closely with Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations External website icon(VACCHO) and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service External website icon (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.  Our Aboriginal Liaison Officer is onsite at RDHM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

What does it cost?

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, RDHM offers you free emergency and general dental care treatment, including false teeth, even if you do not have a health care card or pensioner concession card.

Are there waiting lists?

There are no waiting lists for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander patients. We will offer you an appointment as soon as possible.

DHSV Aboriginal Oral Health Reference Group

The DHSV Aboriginal Oral Health Reference Group meets quarterly and includes members from metropolitan and rural Aboriginal Health Services. The group gathers perspectives on how oral health services can best be delivered in these communities.

If you would like to know more about the DHSV Aboriginal Oral Health Reference Group, please contact Aboriginal.Services@dhsv.org.au

Our Stories - Robert Critch
Robert Critch, Gunaikurnai patient at RDHMAs 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.

Read more on Robert's dental care experience at RDHM >>

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.

Last updated: 2013-07-23