Assessment of Oral Health Status

Course code ORHL1003
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Introduces students to the assessment of oral health of individuals and communities. Students will be exposed to the common risk factor approach to assessment and introduced to the relationship between oral and general health. Students will commence preclinical and simulation activities with a focus of history taking and examination. Small group sessions will relate theory to practice.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the social, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to health or ill health;

2. Describe the relationships between systemic disease, the management of such diseases and oral health (and vice versa);

3. Describe normal oral development, structure and function, and the processes of disease in the context of risk assessment;

4. Describe the aetiology of tooth wear;

5. Describe recording and measuring methods for caries and periodontal disease;

6. Take a thorough history;

7. Undertake a clinical examination;

8. Demonstrate Infection Control procedures in the clinical environment


This course contains elements of:

  • Clinical histories and examinations
  • Relationship between oral and general health
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical skills
  • Tooth wear
  • Occupational Health & Safety and Infection Control


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program.

Assumed Knowledge

This course builds on the theoretical knowledge from ORHL1001 and ORHL1002 to introduce students to clinical history taking, examination and risk analysis. It also underpins future ORHL courses in Years 2 and 3.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

In Term Test: Clinical Assessment of Intra-Oral Examination

Formal Examination: Written Exam

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • Immunisation Requirements - Students must have up to date Vaccination Records.
  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.
  • Working with Children and Young Adults Check - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours



Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Attendance at clinical and tutorial sessions is mandatory.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term