Communicating Oral Health Messages

Course code ORHL1004Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

ORHL1004 introduces students to theories of communication at individual and community levels. Using key oral health messages throughout the course, students will consider a range of methods to communicate with individuals and the community.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

1. Describe theories of communication
2. Analyse the effectiveness of various communication strategies
3. Demonstrate appropriate and effective communication with social and cultural sensitivity, with patients, carers and
team members
4. Describe the various roles and responsibilities of the Oral Health worker within the health care system and appreciate
the contributions of other members of the health care team
5. Describe the medico-legal, ethical and moral responsibilities of the preventive oral health worker
6. Describe the roles, responsibilities and obligations of members of the oral health team
7. Describe materials used in preventive oral health practice
8. Describe fluoride in oral health and determine the need for fluoride supplementation at community and individual
9. Describe the use of topical medications in oral health
10. Describe fundamentals of nutrition in relation to risk assessment
11. Describe the effects of smoking on oral and general health in relation to oral health risk assessment
12. Analyse smoking cessation strategies
13. Describe the elements and purpose of a detailed clinical history
14. Demonstrate Oral Health Education strategies to groups and individuals
ContentThis course contains:

Communication skills
Behavioural sciences
Oral health education
Social and cultural effects
Preventive dentistry
Vocational practice
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOnline learning journal
40% of course assessment
Essays / Written AssignmentsCultural competency task
20% of course assessment
Examination: FormalTwo hour short answer question paper during examination period
40% of course assessment
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Oral Health
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ORHL1004