Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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:

  • Immunisation Requirements - Students must have up to date Vaccination Records.
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment.
  • 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.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.