Oral Health Practice 3

Subject ORAL30002 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 75
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 442 hours of lectures, seminars, computer assisted learning, clinical practice and field placements plus clinical experience outside of semester.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Successful completion of 2nd year BOH subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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/


Melbourne Dental School

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Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500

Email: enquiries@dent.unimelb.edu.au


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises lectures, seminars and preclinical and clinical experience in aspects of oral health patient care and student directed problem based learning covering ageing and oral care for the elderly; social and psychological aspects of ageing; medical problems of, and medication for the elderly; epidemiology of oral disease in older adults, oral health education for older people and oral health services for the elderly; aetiology and management of early childhood caries; oral health care for preschool children; treatment planning and evaluation of treatment; and advanced clinical experience in dental hygiene and dental therapy patient care.

This subject also includes clinical experience in various aspects of dental therapy and hygiene practice and field placement in general and specialist dental practices in the public and private sectors, special needs and outreach dental care programs; the philosophy of total oral care for each patient and the interaction of dental therapy and hygiene care with general and specialist oral health care in the overall treatment and care plan for the individual; a public health approach to practice and advanced clinical experience in oral health therapy patient care.

Selected patients will receive oral health care as necessary including, examination, diagnosis and treatment planning; preventive procedures (such as oral hygiene instructions, placement of fissure sealants, application of topical fluorides and diet counselling); clinical photography and clinical treatment procedures.


On completion of this subject the student should:


  • The philosophy of total oral health care including the interaction of oral health therapy care with general dental and specialist care as part of the overall care plan for each patient;
  • The fundamental principles of quality assurance and control, including self- assessment;
  • Time management concepts;
  • The need for and role of continuing education in professional development;
  • The role of the oral health therapist and other personnel in general and specialist practices; and
  • The limitations of particular treatment modalities.

Have developed:

  • The ability to manage patient records and files;

and skills in:

  • Working as part of a comprehensive health team;
  • Development and management of communication systems;
  • Implementing workplace quality assurance;
  • Taking clinical photographs and using other imaging techniques;
  • Teamwork, leadership, communication; and
  • Problem solving in a clinical setting.

The ability to:

  • Apply techniques to monitor and maintain effective and efficient delivery of oral health services; and
  • Effectively and efficiently manage time.


  • That dentistry is a service profession;
  • Issues of safety in dental practice; and
  • Legal and ethical issues in the delivery of oral health service provision.

  1. Continuing assessment of clinical procedures performed during the year, including written reports and practical tests (40%);
  2. A 25-minute viva voce examination on integrated treatment planning for dental therapy practice (30%).
  3. A 25-minute viva voce examination on integrated treatment planning for dental hygiene practice (30%).

A pass is required in each of Sections 1, 2 and 3 for an overall pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Phillip's Science of Dental Materials Anusavice KJ, 2003, 11th ed

Handbook of Paediatric Dentistry Cameron A and Widmer R (eds), Sydney: Mosby Elsevier, 2008, 3rd ed

Mosby's Dental Hygiene Concepts Cases and Competencies Daniel SJ, Harfast SA and Wilder RS, Mosby,2008, 2nd ed

Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice Darby ML and Walsh MM, Saunders, 2010, 3rd ed

Dental Caries: The Disease and its Clinical Management Fejerskov O and Kidd E, Munksgaard, 2008, 2nd ed

Health Behaviour and Health Education: Theory, Research and Practice, Glanz K, Rimer BK and Viswanath K (eds), Jossey-Bass, San Fancisico, 2008, 4th ed

Modern Concepts in Operative Dentistry Horsted-Bindslev P and Mjor IA, Munksgaard, 1988

Clinical Textbook of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Ireland R, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2006

Understanding Health Promotion Keleher H, MacDougall C and Murphy B Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2007

Essentials of Dental Caries Kidd EAM and Joyston-Bechal S, Oxford University Press, 2005, 3rd ed

Paediatric Dentistry - A Clinical Approach Koch G and Poulsen S (eds), Munksgaard, 2005

Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry Lindhe J, Munksgaard, 2008, 5th ed

Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent McDonald RE and Avery DL, Mosby, 2004, 8th ed

Preservation and Restoration of Tooth Structure Mount GJ and Hume WR, Knowledge Books and Software, 2005, 2nd ed

Prevention of Oral Disease Murray JJ (ed), Oxford University Press, 2003, 4th ed

Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation Nield-Gehrig JS, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008

Periodontal Instrumentation Pattison AM and Pattison GL, Appleton and Lange, 1992, 2nd ed

Periodontology for the Dental Hygienist Perry DA, Beemsterboer PL and Taggart EJ, Saunders, 2006

Contemporary Orthodontics Profitt WR, Fields HW, Ackerman JL, Sinclair PM, Thomas PM and Tulloch JFC, Mosby, 2007, 4th ed

The Art and Science of Operative Dentistry Robertson, Sturdevant, 2006, 5th ed

Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach Summit JB, Robbins JW and Schwartz RS, Quintessence Publishing, 2006

Paediatric Dentistry Welbury RR (ed), Oxford University Press, 2005, 3rd ed

Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist Wilkins EM, William and Wilkins, 2009, 10th ed

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:

  • Planning, development and implementation of quality assurance;
  • Self assessment;
  • Development and management of communication systems;
  • Management of records and files;
  • Teamwork;
  • Leadership;
  • Problem solving;
  • Effective and efficient management of time;
  • Workplace safety; and
  • Legal and ethical issues.

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