Dental teaching clinics

Dental/oral health students provide treatment under the supervision of qualified dental practitioners. Here you can get free dental treatment.

What type of treatment does the Teaching Clinic provide?

Treatment at Dental Teaching Clinics include:

  • General care
  • Endodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral Hygiene.

Where are the Teaching Clinics located?

The two main teaching clinics are at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and Bendigo Health Care Group .

Teaching also takes place at the following local community dental clinics:

  • Banyule Community Health (West Heidelberg)
  • Darebin Community Health Service (Preston)
  • Doutta Galla Community Health Service (Niddrie)
  • Goulburn Valley Health (Shepparton)
  • Knox Community Health Service (Ferntree Gully)
  • Latrobe Community Health Service (Moe & Morwell)
  • Link Health and Community (Clayton)
  • Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative (Mooroopna) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples only)
  • Western Region Health Centre (Footscray)
  • Whitehorse Community Health Service (Box Hill)

Am I eligible for treatment at a Teaching Clinic?


If you hold one of the following:


No concession cards are needed if children are under the age of 13.

Young people

Young people under the age of 18 who hold, or whose parents hold a Healthcare Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

When does the Dental Teaching Clinic run?

The semester dates are March to the last week of May, and August to the last week of October.

The Dental Teaching Clinic does not run during university holidays and examination periods.

How long is the appointment?

Our appointments take longer than regular appointments and can take up to 3 hours. Appointments generally run from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday. The appointment time allocated depends on the treatment provided and on the student roster.

Is there any difference in treatment provided by a dental student?

Dental/oral health students provide treatment under the supervision of qualified dental practitioners.

What is the cost of treatment at the Dental Teaching Clinic?

Treatment is free of charge at dental teaching clinics for eligible people. To find out more about the costs of dental care visit our Fees page

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment for the Teaching clinic at RDHM:

Phone between 8:30am and 4.30pm (Monday to Friday only) to make an appointment.

If you are suitable for treatment, you will receive an appointment or placed on the waiting list. The appointment will be for an examination only. No treatment will be provided at this appointment. After this appointment you will be added to a wait list to receive treatment.

How to change my appointment at the Teaching Clinic?

You must provide us with at least 48 hours’ notice if you need to change or cancel an appointment.  If you miss more than two appointments, you may need to seek treatment at a local community dental clinic. You can be put on the general waiting list at RDHM.

To make an appointment at a community dental teaching clinic

To organise an appointment, contact one of the local community dental clinics


  • (03) 9341 1000 Melbourne metro area
  • 1800 833039 Outside Melbourne metro area.