Dental services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne 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.
What does it cost?
At RDHM 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 is working on a new Reconciliation Action 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.
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Monday – Thursday: 8.30 am – 3.00pm
Phone: (03) 9341 1163
All other times, please call:
Patient Services: (03) 9341 1000
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.