The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) is the leading teaching hospital in Victoria. You may be treated by dentists or trainees under supervision.

To access any of the following Specialist dental services at RDHM, you will firstly need to check here whether you are eligible to receive public oral healthcare. If you are eligible, you will need a referral:

  • Dental Teaching Clinic
  • Integrated Special Needs Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics.

The referral form needs to be completed by either:

  • an oral health practitioner
  • a medical practitioner for referral into Oral Medicine only
  • a specialist dentist at RDHM
  • a dental student with the approval of a clinical supervisor.

Medical and allied health clinicians may need to contact or refer your patients to a local community dental clinic in the first instance for a full dental examination and to obtain relevant diagnostic information to support your referral.

What happens when you receive my referral?

When we receive your referral, we will review it to ensure we have all the information needed as a prerequisite.

How long does it take to process a referral?

It may take up to six weeks to process a referral.

What happens if the referral is not complete?

All prerequisite clinical and diagnostic information must be provided as part of the referral. Referrals may be delayed or returned if supporting information is not available. The referral will be returned to the referral clinic with a request for more information.

Each Specialist unit, disciplines and the dental teaching clinic will have different prerequisites and clinical criteria. For more detailed information, please visit our Specialist dental service page.

What happens when my referral is accepted?

When we accept your referral, you will receive a confirmation letter. We will add you to the appropriate waiting list.

Will I need to attend a screening consultation?

You may be contacted to attend a screening appointment for a clinical or exam. This is not an acceptance for specialist treatment by RDHM.

Where do I send my referral?

Upload referrals and supporting content here

or send referral forms to:

Patient Services Centre
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

Fax: (03) 9341 1232

Please do not send private or sensitive information via email. DHSV will not accept referrals sent via email

Where to get help with referrals?

For help please call Patient Services Team on (03) 9341 1000.

If you are a health professional looking for information about patient referrals please go to the professionals referral page

Click here