Oral Health Sciences 4

Subject ORAL90003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

A combination of face to face and online delivery with intensive coursework and clinical training. Some coursework delivery will be presented on-line.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40 hours
Total Time Commitment:

80 Self-directed learning.

Total = 120 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in PC-DENTHRP. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is proposed to offer this subject to registered, currently practising dental therapists and oral health therapists in Australia and New Zealand. Previous management of clients aged 18-24 years would be of benefit but not essential.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:



Assoc Prof Julie Satur


Brenda Ryan


61 3 9341 1499

School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Award Programs Team

Elizabeth Paige - Program Coordinator

E: elizabeth.paige@unimelb.edu.au

P: +61 3 9810 3144

Subject Overview:

This subject has the following components: Medically compromised patients, oral medicine and pharmacology, local anesthesia and emergency management of oral conditions. It will be conducted as a didactic and case based component.

This subject continues alongside subjects Oral Pathology and Adult Oral Function & Oral Health Practice 4. Teaching and learning activities will be centered at the Melbourne Dental School and supported via the computer aided learning management system.

Student learning will include: the importance of oral medicine being recognition and identification of oral pathological conditions; pharmacological interactions with the adult population; management of the poly-medicated patient and those with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities; management of medically compromised adult patients; local anaesthetic administration to the adult client and emergency management of oral conditions such as acute oral infection and dental trauma.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Competently show knowledge in the assessment of a patient’s medical history to ascertain possible complications to care and to seek appropriate referral advice when required
  2. Describe common endodontic therapies used in permanent teeth and recognize clinical signs of failure that require referral
  3. Display knowledge in treatment planning for care considered part of the scope of practice for OHT or DT and consults or refers to a dentist for those elements outside such scope.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in adult clinical dental therapy practice
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of adult dental trauma and dental emergencies
  6. Recognize when clinical cases are beyond their skill set and make appropriate referrals.


Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration):

1 x 1 hour Summative Case Based Clinical On-line Assessment

Timing of Assessment - Mid Semester

Assessment % - 20%

1 x 45 minute written test on medically compromised patients

Timing of Assessment - End of Semester

Assessment % - 40%

1 x 1 hour Objective Structured Clinical Examination on oral medicine, pharmacology and dental emergencies

Timing of Assessment - End of Semester

Assessment % - 40%

Prescribed Texts:

All class materials will be provided.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.commercial.unimelb.edu.au/courses
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)
Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)

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