Oral Health Practice 2

Subject ORAL20005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 424 hours of lectures, seminars, computer assisted learning, laboratory and clinical work, plus clinical experience outside of semester
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 2nd year BOH subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Ms Brenda Ryan, Ms Su-Yan Barrow


Melbourne Dental School

4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500

Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises two modules:

Clinical Practice: Dental materials and the principles and techniques of restorative dentistry in the deciduous and permanent dentition, scaling and root debridement; the prevention of dental caries and periodontal diseases in children, adolescents and young adults and the prevention and management of periodontal disease across all ages.

Specialist areas in Dentistry: Specialist areas of dentistry including periodontics, prosthodontics and paediatric dentistry.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Examine, diagnose, plan and provide treatment as specified by the Dental Practice Acts within Australia for dental therapy and dental hygiene;
  • Critically evaluate responses to treatment provided to patients, identify limitations of particular treatment modalities and adapt care appropriately;
  • Effectively communicate information regarding oral health status, treatment options and potential outcomes to the patient (and their family), oral health and general health care providers as necessary; and
  • Demonstrate effective patient management while respecting the psychosocial, social and cultural differences of individuals.


  • And evaluate various techniques associated with the prevention and conservative management of common oral diseases; and
  • Conditions beyond the scope of dental hygiene and dental therapy and to facilitate appropriate referrals.

Have developed knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand and apply the philosophy of total oral health care and appreciate the relationship of dental therapy and dental hygiene care with the general and specialist dental treatment in the overall care-plan for the patient; and
  • Work effectively as a team member and to use self-reflection to continuously monitor and improve performance.

Assessment includes:

  • One 2-hour written examination at the end of Semester 1 (20%);
  • One 2-hour written examination at the end of Semester 2 (20%);
  • Continuing assessment during the year, including pre-clinical and clinical practicum and written reports of no more than 2000 words (30%); and
  • A final clinical exam and a 20-minute viva voce examination at the end of Semester 2 (30%).

A pass is required in each of Sections 3 and 4 for an overall pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • Handbook of Paediatric Dentistry (A Cameron and R Widmer (eds)), 2nd edn, Mosby 2003
  • Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice (ML Darby and MM Walsh), 2nd edn, Saunders, 2003
  • Health Behaviour and Health Education: Theory, Research and Practice (K Glanz, FM Lewis and BK Rimer (eds)), 2nd edn, Jossey-Bass, 1997
  • Textbook of Geriatric Dentistry (P Holm-Pederson and H Loe), 2nd edn, Munksgaard, 1996
  • Essentials of Dental Caries (EAM Kidd and S Joyston-Bechal), 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, 1997
  • Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (J Lindhe), 3rd ed, Munksgaard, 1997
  • Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent (RE McDonald and DL Avery), 7th edn, Mosby, 1999
  • Prevention of Oral Disease (JJ Murray (ed)), Oxford University Press, 1996
  • Fluorides in Caries Prevention (JJ Murray, AJ Rugg-Gunn and GN Jenkin), Butterworth-Heineman, 1991
  • Preservation and Restoration of Tooth Structure (GJ Mount and WR Hume), Mosby, 1998
  • Periodontal Instrumentation (AM Pattison and GL Pattison), 2nd edn, Appleton and Lange, 1992
  • Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist (DA Perry, PL Beemsterboer and EJ Taggart), Saunders, 1996
  • Contemporary Orthodontics (WR Profitt, HW Fields, JL Ackerman, PM Sinclair, PM Thomas and JFC Tulloch), 2nd edn, Mosby, 1993
  • Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach (JB Summit, JW Robbins and RS Schwartz), Quintessence Publishing, 2000
  • Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist (EM Wilkins), William and Wilkins, 2000
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:

  • Examination and planning of individual requirements;
  • Critical evaluation;
  • Effective communication;
  • Teamwork; and
  • Self evaluation.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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