Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.


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 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 levels

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


This course contains:

  • Communication skills
  • Behavioural sciences
  • Oral health education
  • Social and cultural effects
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Vocational practice


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay, written assignment 1

Written Assignment: Essay, written assignment 2

Formal Examination: Exam

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • 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.