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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities




Rebecca Crawford
Aboriginal Community Development Officer
Call: (03) 9341 1313



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



Patient feedback

“Thanks for all your wonderful help while Mark* had frequent visits to the Dental Hospital. Your kindness and willingness to help was a great help to mum and the rest of us.”

“Thanks very much for organising our appointments. The service we received was fantastic and we didn’t have to sit around waiting. The dentist and assistant were great. Thanks again for your assistance.”

“Thank you so much for arranging an appointment for me, the dentist was amazingly pleasant in explaining what he was doing and this helped me to keep calm and comply with the treatment, he is a gem!” 

* Name changed to protect patient's identity.

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) and our 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 and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service to help patients through the dental health system.

We understand that coming to a large hospital like The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) can be a little scary, so our Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Carleen Miller, and our Aboriginal Community Development Worker are always available to chat with patients and provide ongoing support to patients and their families.

What does it cost?

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, RDHM offers you emergency and general dental care treatment for free, 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 the first appointment that is available.

dental brochure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Dental Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples brochure (PDF doc icon PDF 470KB)



The DHSV Aboriginal Oral Health Reference Group meets quarterly and includes members from metropolitan and rural Aboriginal Health Services. The group's key aim is to gather perspectives on how oral health services can best be delivered in these communities. If you would like further information, please contact Rebecca Crawford.

Making Two Worlds Work

Making Two Worlds Work:
Developed by Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation & Women's Health Goulburn North East


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags  We acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia 
  and we welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our service.