Western Metropolitan Region

The Region

The west is home to people from over 120 countries and has more than 70 language groups. Over 80,000 new migrants, many of them refugees, have settled in the west in the last decade.

More than one third of the population in Melbourne’s west speak a language other than English at home. Vietnamese, Italian and Greek are the top three languages spoken at home. In recent years, there has been a growth in Arabic, as well as languages spoken by people from India and China. Melton and Wyndham are the fastest growing local government areas in Australia, with 300,000 new residents expected in the next 20 years. In 2011, an average of 100 babies were born each week in these two areas alone.


Nearby Attractions

The region spans the following areas: Footscray, Hoppers Crossing, Flemington, Melton, Niddrie, Altona and Kensington. Close to Melbourne's CBD, the area is the Home of the Melbourne Cup, the Royal Melbourne Show and the majestic Maribyrnong River.



Community Clinics


Djerriwarrh Health Services

Located at Melton Health, this dental clinic has 12 chairs and a purpose-built laboratory for denture construction. Ten of the chairs are allocated to La Trobe University dental students for teaching purposes. Djerriwarrh caters for preschool and primary school children, eligible teenagers and eligible adults who require general treatment on natural teeth as well as denture care and provides an emergency service for toothache and trauma to the mouth. Find out more at www.djhs.com.au

Doutta Galla Community Health Service (Kensington)

Doutta Galla Community Dental Program at Niddrie and Kensington provides quality general, emergency, denture, and preventative dental care to children and adults.  The service has 7 chairs and  is available to children between 0-12 years of age as well as concession and pension cardholders and their dependents. Find out more at: www.doutta.org.au

ISIS Primary Care

ISIS provides dental services across 20 chairs in three sites at Brimbank (St Albans), Wyndham (Hoppers Crosssing) and Hobsons Bay (Altona Nth).  These clinics provide a wide range of services to concession and pension cardholders and their dependents. Find out more at www.isispc.com.au

The Royal Children's Hospital

The Department of Dentistry provides clinical care for children and adolescents with chronic medical and dental problems which may prevent them from obtaining dental care elsewhere. RCH provides preventive, restorative and orthodontic services under local and general anaesthesia along with routine dental care. Find out more at www.rch.org.au

The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) provides general, specialist and emergency dental care to the Victorian community. RDHM is Victoria’s leading dental teaching facility, working in partnership with The University of Melbourne, RMIT University and La Trobe University in the education of dental and oral health professionals. For more information on RDHM visit: http://www.dhsv.org.au/clinic-locations/the-royal-dental-hospital-of-melbourne/
The suburb of Carlton lies to the north of Melbourne's City Centre. It is a colourful and vibrant area, whose epicentre is the restaurant-lined Lygon Street. Besides numerous Italian restaurants and pizzeria to choose from, the street is also home to countless cafes, making the suburb a must-visit destination for coffee addicts. For more information on Carlton see: http://www.melbournetourism.com/districts/carlton/


Western Region Health Centre - Footscray

Working from two sites in Footscray, operating 11 chairs, WRHC provides a wide range of oral health services to concession and pension card holders and their dependants. The clinic caters for all children 0-12 years, eligible teenagers and eligible adults who require general and emergency treatment on natural teeth as well as denture care. Priority Groups include aboriginal people, refugee and asylum seekers, homeless people, those with mental health needs and other groups. Find out more at www.wrhc.com.au