The Dental health program provides public dental care to eligible Victorians.
The health and wellbeing of Victorians remains our highest priority. We urge everyone to maintain their oral health by:
- eating well
- drinking tap water
- brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
We fund Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) to deliver both routine and urgent dental care. Services are delivered through the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne and over 50 integrated and registered community health services across Victoria.
How to contact a public dental service
If you require dental care or oral health advice, please contact one of the following:
- Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne on (outside metropolitan Melbourne call: ).
- visit the page on the DHSV) website for a list of dental clinics in your area.
- visit if you require any further information or to access a free telehealth appointment.
Concerns about public dental care
If people have concerns about the dental care they receive, they should first speak with the complaints or program manager at the community dental clinic where they received care. If the matter is ongoing, they may wish to contact the via the website.
The Commissioner's office helps people make their concerns known to healthcare providers, and resolves complaints. The service is free and confidential.
Access to Victoria’s public dental care services
Eligible Victorians can receive public dental services, and some receive priority access.
Victoria's public dental care fees
Providers of public dental care charge some people using a fee schedule. Certain people, however, are exempt from paying fees.
Victoria’s public dental care waiting list
Victorian providers of public dental care assess people to determine whether they need routine or urgent dental care, or priority denture care.
Dental health for Supported Residential Services residents
The oral health of Supported Residential Services (SRS) residents is important. The pension-level SRS oral health promotion initiative is part of this focus.
Dental health program reporting
The Dental Health Program Data Set defines data collection and reporting requirements for the Dental health program.
Reviewed 27 November 2023