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Services for homebound patients (Domiciliary)


The domiciliary oral health service is available to anyone who is house bound making it difficult or unsafe for them to travel to the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

In particular, aged-care patients for whom travel to the hospital would pose significant challenges.

The Domiciliary Oral Health Unit will come to:

  • Private homes
  • Group homes
  • Nursing homes
  • Staff supported accommodation
  • Hospitals

Domiciliary services are available in:

  • Metro areas
  • Outer metro areas and surrounding towns

What type of care is provided?

Emergency and general dental care is provided, including:

  • Dental assessments
  • Oral health advice, prevention and cleaning
  • Filings
  • Extractions
  • Provision of dentures and denture care

Where is the care provided?

Dental care is provided at the patient’s home or residence. The location must be clean and have:

  • Reasonable lighting
  • Easily accessible power points
  • A sink with running water
  • A table
  • Privacy
  • Freedom from interference from pets
  • Access ramp for dental equipment
  • Access to non-meter parking or free parking within a reasonable distance

How much does the service cost?

This service is free if you hold one of the following cards:

If you are not a Government card holder, fees are payable for this service.

Please contact the Domiciliary Oral Health Unit on (03) 9341 1000 for more information.

How do I apply?

An application form is to be completed by the patient (or carer) and by the patient’s medical practitioner.

Send the application form to the Patient Services Centre. A staff member will contact you to make an appointment for your oral health examination. Appointments are arranged according to the urgency of treatment needed and geographical location.

Please note that there are some waiting times for this service.

For further information:

Domiciliary Oral Health Unit
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

Phone: (03) 9341 1000

To complete a referral application, please follow the link below.
Go to the specialist services referral form >>