Oral Pathology and Adult Oral Function

Subject ORAL90002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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:

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in GC-DTACP . 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 the Student Equity and Disability Support Team: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Brenda Ryan


61 3 9341 1499

School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Currently enrolled and future students:

Subject Overview:

This subject has the following components: Comprehensive oral health examination and treatment planning for adults, management of the older adult, periodontology, prosthodontics and cariology. It will be conducted as didactic component and using virtual clinical case based teaching.

This subject continues alongside subjects Oral Health Sciences 4 and Oral Health Practice 4. Teaching and learning activities will be centered at the Melbourne Dental School with support via the computer aided learning management system.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  • Competently show knowledge in the assessment of a patient’s medical history as to ascertain possible complications to care and to seek appropriate referral advice when required
  • Communicate which occlusal conditions contraindicate dental restoration by a DT/OHT
  • Identify different types of dental prostheses used in dentistry including the indications for each
  • Describe the possible complications for placing restorations adjacent to a fixed or removable prostheses
  • Appreciate the restorative-periodontal interface
  • Describe age related changes in teeth and the supporting structures
  • Appreciate the challenges of restoring form and function with multisurface restorations in adult mouths
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in adult clinical dental therapy practice
  • Recognize when clinical cases are beyond their skill set and make appropriate referral

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration):

1 x 1hr On-line clinical case-based assessment
Timing of Assessment - Mid Semester

Assessment % - 20%

1 x 45minute written test on periodontal management and cariology

Timing of Assessment - End of Semester

Assessment % - 40%

1 x 1 hour Objective Structured Clinical Exam on prosthodontics and management of the older adult

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/dentaltherapy/
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)
Postgraduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)

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