Aboriginal Liaison Officer
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 other Aboriginal Community organisations 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.
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can get free:
However, if you need specialist care we will work out how much you need to pay.
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 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.
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.
The video has been developed by the health organisations behind Rethink Sugary Drink, including DHSV, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc (VACCHO).
For more information: http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/koori
DHSV acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging. We also welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our service.
Last updated: 2020-06-12