Oral Health Practice 3

Subject ORAL30002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 18-Jan-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jan-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 442 hours of lectures, seminars, electronic learning, clinical practice and field placements plus clinical experience outside of semester.
Total Time Commitment:



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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment 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 subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Ms Brenda Ryan


Melbourne Dental School

Currently enrolled students:

Subject Overview:

This subject comprises lectures, seminars, on-line modules, preclinical and clinical experience and encompasses all aspects of oral health therapy patient care utilising student directed learning and self-assessment, reflective practice and problem based learning.

Students will engage in clinical practice providing the full oral health therapy scope of practice within general and specialist dental practices in the public and private sectors, special needs and outreach dental care programs.

Topics of speciality to this subject are: aetiology and management of early childhood caries; oral health care for preschool children; treatment planning and evaluation of preventive and restorative treatment; atraumatic restorative techniques; vital tooth bleaching and mouthguards; implant maintenance; advanced periodontal treatment planning and maintenance; aetiology, differential diagnosis and management of enamel defects; child protection and mandatory reporting; and advanced clinical experience in oral health therapy patient care.

This subject completes the clinical and educational preparation for full Oral Health Therapy (OHT) scope of practice including:

  • care within a preventive, health promoting philosophy
  • history taking and preparation of patients for oral health therapy care
  • autonomous examination, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients of all ages
  • intra and extra oral radiography and radiological interpretation and diagnosis
  • preventive care for patients of all ages
  • orthodontic procedures within scope of OHT practice
  • dental therapy care for all children, adolescents and young people up to age 26
  • dental hygiene care for people of all ages
  • vital tooth bleaching and mouthguard construction
  • management of special needs patients
  • provision of care under general anaesthesia within scope of OHT practice
  • preparation for OHT practice in specialist areas of dentistry including orthodontics, prosthodontics, pedodontics and periodontics and special needs dentistry
  • management of polypharmacy and administration of drugs according to regulatory frameworks
  • recognition of pathological conditions requiring referral
  • recognition of boundaries of professional competence and appropriate referral
  • skills in collaborative practice and teamwork
  • ethical practice
  • evidence based practice
  • respect for cultural and social conditions that contribute to poor health
  • culturally safe and sensitive practice

care that considers family, carers and social conditions in the development of treatment plans

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students 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 accurately manage and comply with legislative requirements for patient record keeping ;

and skills in:

  • Working as part of a comprehensive health team;
  • Development and management of communication systems;
  • Implementing workplace quality assurance;
  • Reflective Practice;
  • 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 occupational health and 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%).

Hurdle requirements:

  1. A pass is required in each of Sections 1, 2 and 3 for an overall pass in this subject.
  2. 75% attendance at Lectures; 100% attendance at Seminars/Tutorials, Pre-Clinical & Clinical Sessions, and Clinical & Case Simulations/Discussions
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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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