Indigenous Oral Health

Course code ORHL3007
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Builds on the knowledge gained by students in second year and relates this to the oral health issues that are particularly relevant to Indigenous Australians. The course will integrate the aetiology, pathology, progression and presentation of the various periodontal diseases with assessment and management. Clinical sessions provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary clinical skills.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Contribute to the general debate on the provision of general and oral health care for Indigenous Australians;

2. Generate new approaches to the organisation and provision of oral health services for Indigenous Australians;

3. Use an evidence based approach to the provision of information and care for Indigenous Australians

4. Generate new organisational models for oral health care delivery for Indigenous Australians;

5. Generate methods for determining efficacy of antimicrobial therapy in relation to Indigenous Australians

6. Generate research questions and proposals using evaluation of oral health indices;

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 Indigenous Australians;

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 an indigenous patient;

12. Utilise appropriate methods in individual preventive oral health care;

13. Instruct indigenous individuals in appropriate methods of plaque control for natural teeth and prostheses;

14. Develop strategies for the management of adverse effects of drugs and medications;


  1. 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

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of requirements for Year 3

Assumed Knowledge

This course builds directly on all previous clinical subjects, 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.

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Clinical

Professional Task: Practical

Presentation: Presentations - Group

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.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.

Contact Hours



Face to Face Off Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

One 3hr clinic session per week (Monday) One day clinical placement per week

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks