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Dental Oral Health

People from refugee-like backgrounds may not have had an assessment of oral health in their country of origin. Poor oral health is a significant public health issue and can cause long-term morbidity. Common oral health problems among people from refugee-like backgrounds include dental caries, missing teeth and periodontal disease; less common issues include orofacial trauma or oral cancers.

For information about approaches to care for people from a refugee background please see the Refugee Health Guide.

Refugee and asylum seekers are entitled to priority group access and entitled to a fee waiver for public dental care, including general, denture and specialty services. For information on eligibility please visit Dental Health Services Victoria.  

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Refugee Health Nurse- Dental Programs

Refugee health nurses are located at various community health services, some of those have public dental programs.

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Dental Health Services Victoria

There are over 80 public dental services located in community health centres throughout metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. Search for the nearest dental service to you and/or your client on the website.

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The Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF)

Volunteer dentists and their support staff donate their time, skills and practice facilities to provide dental treatment at no cost to patients aged from 18-65 years who have been referred to the ADHF by registered charities and not for profit organisations.

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Emergency treatment

Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne: If the client needs an emergency appointment, please contact 1300 360 054.

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Australian Dental Association — Find a Dentist

Search for a Dentist including by location and speciality through the Australian Dental Association website.

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Dental Health Services Victoria

Dental Health Services Victoria is a public oral health agency in Victoria. The Victorian Government funds Dental Health Services Victoria to provide clinical dental services. All refugee and asylum seekers have free access to public dental services.

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Smile Squad

Povides free dental care for all Victorian public school students (from 2022). Students do not need Medicare, healthcare card or be eligible for the CDBS (see below) to participate.

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Dental Health Services Victoria Strategic Direction

Links to Dental Health Services Annual Reports.

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Resource Kit

This Kit has been developed to help dental staff deliver a culturally sensitive service that meets the needs of diverse communities and clients, identifying systemic barriers and suggesting strategies that can help overcome them.

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Oral Health Tip Cards

Translated oral health information by Dental Health Services Victoria.

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Final Report Refugee Oral Health Sector Capacity Building Project

January 2012 – January 2013

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Refugee and Asylum Seeker Oral Health Recall Tool

A Refugee and Asylum Seeker Oral Health Recall Tool has been developed for use in Victorian public dental services. This report details the process and findings of the development and piloting of this tool.

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Health Translations: Oral Health Resources

Health Translations is a free online library of high-quality translated Australian health and wellbeing information.

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Translated oral health information

Oral health advice and guides about services at the hospital have been translated into the languages listed below. Chin (Hakha) | Chinese simplified | Chinese traditional | Dari | Dinka | English | Farsi | Greek | Hazaragi | Italian | Karen | Khmer | Macedonian | Nuer | Persian | Punjabi | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Tamil | Tigrinya | Turkish | Urdu |Vietnamese.

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