Oral Health and the Special Needs Community

Course code ORHL3004Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

ORHL3004 builds on the knowledge gained by students in second year and relates this to the provision of specialist oral health care. This course looks at oral health needs and care for special needs patients, including the elderly, those with physical and mental disabilities, patients with chronic medical complications and undergoing complex medical treatment including chemotherapy.
Clinical experience will be gained on placement in NSW Oral Health facilities.

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 special needs groups within our community;
2. Generate new approaches to the organisation and provision of oral health services for special needs groups within our community;
3. Use an evidence based approach to the provision of information and care for special needs groups within our community;
4. Generate new organisational models for oral health care delivery for special needs groups within our community;
5. Generate methods for determining efficacy of antimicrobial therapy in relation to special needs groups within our community;
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 special needs groups within our community;
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 special needs groups within our community;
12. Utilise appropriate methods in individual preventive oral health care;
13. Instruct special needs groups within our community 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. Health promotion.
2. Primary health care.
3. Special needs.
4. Relationship between general and oral health.
5. Communication skills
6. Teamwork
7. Professional responsibility
8. Integrated clinical skills
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 MethodsPracticum
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
ClinicalClinical Assessment from placement supervisors
Other: (please specify)OSCA 40% of course assessment. Students must pass this assessment to pass the course
ReportsA report of a special needs condition.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Practicum: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 6 hour(s) per Term 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 ORHL3004