Most concession cardholders can access affordable dental health services for general, specialist and emergency care.
Dental Health Services Victoria provides emergency and general dental care for adult concession cardholders through public dental clinics in community health centres, rural hospitals and The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
For most clients of the service, a small fee is payable at each visit, up to a set maximum. More advanced dental treatments may be provided at fees above the maximum. Some groups qualify for free treatment.
General, denture or specialist care through the public dental system is available to the following people:
- people aged 18 years and over who are Health Care or Pensioner Concession cardholders or dependants of concession cardholders
- children and young people:
- all children aged 0–12 years
- young people aged 13–17 years who are Health Care or Pensioner Concession cardholders or dependants of concession cardholders
- all children and young people up to 18 years-of-age who are in out-of-home care provided by child protection services in the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
- all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- all youth justice clients in custodial care
- all refugees and asylum seekers.
Some groups of people eligible for public dental services may also have priority access to public dental care, including children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, homeless people and people at risk of homelessness, pregnant women, refugees and asylum seekers and clients of mental health, disability services and special development schools (on recommendation of a case manager).
For dental emergencies, find your closest community dental clinic on the Dental Health Services Victoria website or phone Dental Health Services Victoria on 1300 360 054.
For general enquires, phone Dental Health Services Victoria on 03 9341 1000 or 1800 833 039 (country callers).
Visit the Dental health services website.