Oral Health; Children and Adolescents

Course code ORHL3002Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

ORHL3002 builds on the knowledge gained by students in second year and relates this to the oral health issues that are particularly relevant to children and adolescents. Children face particular challenges in managing their oral health, including diet and learning hygiene techniques. Adolescents require certain skills to maintain their motivation and interest in both diet and hygiene strategies. Clinical sessions provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary clinical skills in the treatment and management of children and adolescents.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Contribute to the general debate on the provision of general and oral health care for children and adolescents;
2. Generate new approaches to the organisation and provision of oral health services for children and adolescents;
3. Use an evidence based approach to the provision of information and care for children and adolescents;
4. Generate new organisational models for oral health care delivery for children and adolescents;
5. Generate methods for determining efficacy of antimicrobial therapy in relation to children and adolescents;
6. Generate research questions and proposals using evaluation of oral health indices;

In addition, completion of the clinical component of this course will develop the following clinical skills:

7. Demonstrate appropriate and effective communication with social and cultural sensitivity, with patients, carers and team members;
8. Demonstrate application and integration of knowledge of the aetiology, and effects of oral disease on the provision of treatment for children and adolescents;
9. Synthesise an appropriate treatment plan for preventive oral health care;
10. Develop appropriate preventive oral health strategies for patients with restored natural teeth and dental prostheses;
11. Provide community and individual care appropriate to the medical and oral health history for children and adolescents;
12. Utilise appropriate methods in individual preventive oral health care;
13. Instruct children and adolescents in appropriate methods of plaque control;
14. Develop strategies for the management of adverse effects of drugs and medications;

In addition, completion of the clinical component of this course will consolidate the clinical skills developed in years 1 and 2.
Content1. Paediatric dentistry
2. Integrated clinical skills
3. Teamwork
4. Professional responsibility
5. Assessment of risk of plaque related dental diseases
6. Fluoride
7. Caries Management
8. Primary Health Care
9. Population Health
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeThis course builds directly on ORHL1001 and ORHL2001, and requires that you have successfully completed all Year 1 and Year 2 courses. The learning from this course will be developed and integrated with aspects of clinical care throughout the rest of the Bachelor of Oral Health program.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Case StudiesSummative Assessment 2
Presentation of a Case Report
(assesses objectives 1-6)
Other: (please specify)Summative Assessment 3
Objective Structured Clinical Assessment
(assesses objectives 9 and 12)
Other: (please specify)Summative assessment 1
Clinical Assessment by Placement Tutors
(assesses objectives 7-14)
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 8 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Practicum: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Oral Health
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of ORHL2001, ORHL2002, ORHL2004, ORHL2005, ORHL2006 & ORHL2007. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ORHL3002