Oral Health Practice 3

Subject ORAL30002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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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.



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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


Melbourne Dental School

4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

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Recommended Texts:

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.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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