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Dental Rescue Team

Dental Rescue Day

NDF Vision

Within society there are many people who are genuinely disadvantaged through no real fault of their own. Amongst this group are those who because of their circumstances do not access the government health and hospital services that are available.

Dental health is a real issue and burden for many people. The NDF aims to reach out with the assistance of established charities to help these needy people by providing free dental treatment and assisting them to register and access the public health service for ongoing treatment.

As well as providing a well organised and efficient platform to enable volunteer dental industry professionals to deliver free dental treatment, the NDF is the focal point for established charities across Australia to seek help for their clients who need urgent dental care

Referring charities include:


Odyssey House 

Homeground Service

Family Access Network

Church of All Nations

Bethlehem Community Inc

Berry Street

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Good Shepherd Fitzroy 

Brotherhood of St Lawrence 

Mission Australia

Lighthouse Foundation

Good Shepherd St Kilda

Salvation Army CrossRoads

Frontyard Services

Prahran Mission St Kilda & South Yarra

Berry Street 

SCAAB (Springvale Community Advice Bureau) 

DVACB (Dingley Community Advice Bureau) 

Hanover Cheltenham Support Services


Hanover St Kilda

Melbourne Alcohol Recovery Program

Odyssey House 

Uniting Care Wesley

Salvation Army

Pt Adelaide Youth

Lutheran Care

Uniting Care


Building Family Opportunities

Drug Rehabilitation Program run by Dr George O'Neil.

The Magdalene Centre

Family Support

The Archway

St. Vincent De Paul

Red Cross

Teen Challenge

Hutt St Homeless Centre

Lutheran Community Care

Outer Southern Homelessness

Youth mentoring program


Family Outreach

Early Intervention Services

St John’s Youth services

Non-Charity Organisations Assisted

Department Of Human services


St Vincent de Paul Society

Finding Workable Solutions

O’Sullivan’s Beach Children’s Centre


Career Systems

Employment Directions

Salvation Army 3 Groups WA

St Vincent De Pauls Society

Homeless Connect Days - Various Charities

Uniting Care West

Western Adelaide Youth Homelessness Service

Youth Off The Street, New Pathways

WHOS - Cessnock

Western Sydney Outreach, Youth off the Streets

WorkskilL (provides assistance to job seekers with a disadvantage/disability)


Mission Australia

St Patricks Community Support Centre

Swan Emergency Accommodation

Patrick Giles Centre

Emergency Relief Organisation Rockingham / Kwinana

Uniting Care West

Gowrie Community Services


Jacks House


Jarrah House

Salvation Army (youth off the streets)

Salvation Army (street level)

Marian Centre

Cana Community

Tedd Noffs

Come in Centre

We Help Ourselves


Hope Street

The Crossing

Wesley Mission

Ruah Community Services

Smith Family

The Shopfront

Tranby House

Wesley Mission Carlingford

Uniting Aid

WHOS - Rozelle

Ashfield Independent Living Program

Asylum Seekers Centre of NSW


Caretakers Cottage

Catholic Care Social Services - Parramatta - Catherine Villa

Coast Shelter

Guthrie House Ltd

Horizon's Central Coast Family Services

Kooloora and Soldiers Settlement Community Centres Incorporated

Life Returning Inc

Life Without Barriers Carrington

New Pathways, Youth Off The street 

Macarthur Disability Service Campbelltown

Manly Warringah Women's Resource Centre

Marist Youth Care    Seven Hills

Mission Australia   The Crossing

Nova Women's Accommodation and Support

Parramatta Mission - Koompartoo

St Vincent de Paul Rendu Youth Services

St. Vincent de Paul Society Marian Centre

Tedd Noffs Foundation

The Community Restorative Centre

The House of Welcome

The Salvation Army - Streetlevel

Uniting Care - Burnside

Uniting Care Children Young People & Families

Ways Youth Service

Wesley Mission     The Noreen Tower Community

Wesley Mission  Newcastle Youth Service


The NDF offers volunteers a great degree of flexibility in how they can be involved. Practice owners are encouraged to volunteer their practices for use in an NDF Dental Rescue Day, when local charities refer their genuinely needy clients for basic dental treatment. Dentists, hygienists, oral health therapists and dental assistants can offer their services to work in a volunteering practice.

The NDF has the organisational role of recruiting dental volunteers, arranging Dental Rescue Days, liaising with charities to reach out to the needy and arrange treatment appointments. Because of its status as a registered and established National Charity the NDF is seen as the focal point for State and Federal Government contributions towards assisting the most disadvantaged access dental care.

Alternatively, a dentist may choose to adopt a patient who has extensive dental needs and may need multiple appointments to achieve a desirable outcome. There have been many cases where continuity of treatment has dramatically changed the life of the patient by giving them the self-esteem and confidence to move to a positive future.

Being an all-inclusive charity the NDF has been able to win the support of the ADIA, the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Australian Dental Association, both nationally and in the state offices, which provides invaluable support to our State Coordinators.

The NDF is grateful for the wide industry support in making a meaningful contribution to the lives of disadvantaged people.