Patients of a man purporting to be a dentist in Melbourne’s northern suburbs have been urged to contact the Department of Health & Human Services.
This follows charges laid by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) against the man, who has allegedly been providing dental treatment without being registered.
The alleged ‘practice’ was located at a residential property in Rocklands Rise, Meadow Heights.
“We are concerned that patients who received dental care from this individual at this premises may have contracted a blood borne infection as a result of poor infection control practices,” Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer, Dr Finn Romanes, said.
“While the risk of the transmission of any infection is regarded as low, we urge any patients to call the Department for information and advice.”
The Department of Health & Human Services will assess individual situations and may recommend blood tests to identify the presence of any infections.
“We are taking the unusual step of appealing to the public to contact us because the alleged unregistered dentist did not provide any reliable records about who may have received treatment,” Dr Romanes said.
The individual trained as a dentist in Turkey however was not registered to practise in Victoria.
Anyone who believes they or a family member or friend may have been a patient of this alleged unregistered dentist is asked to call the Department on 1800 356 061 to receive advice from trained health staff. This is a free call number and interpreter services will also be available.
The Department will also provide information to callers about arranging dental assessments to determine whether any further professional dental attention is required.
“It is important that anyone who received treatment from this alleged unregistered dentist has their teeth examined by a registered dentist so that any oral health issues can be identified,” Dr Romanes said. All information provided to the Department will be kept confidential.
Reviewed 21 October 2021