Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the disease processes that are relevant to the periodontal complex. 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 in relation to periodontal instrumentation.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Evaluate data obtained from periodontal indices and other research methods;

2. Analyse how periodontal disease affects development, structure and function;

3. Explain the relevance of periodontal risk management theory to health maintenance and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease;

4. Describe and analyse the use of periodontal disease recording methods for realistic appraisal of treatment progress and outcomes;

5. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in periodontal disease;

6. Evaluate plaque control methods;

7. Discuss the techniques for re-contouring and polishing restorations;

8. Select appropriate antimicrobial therapy;

9. Discuss the need for, and methods of, mechanical removal of plaque;

10. Discuss techniques and materials for insertion and removal of packs and sutures.

11. Demonstrate and apply the principles of infection control to the clinical situation;

12. Evaluate OH and S policies and procedures in any clinical situation;

13. Obtain and analyse a detailed history from a patient;

14. Recognise situations that are beyond your experience, competence or legal guidelines;

15. Collect and assess dietary information;

16. Interpret a treatment plan and discuss the relative merits of restorative and prosthetic treatment options;

17. Evaluate the benefits and limitations of teamwork in oral health care;

18. Select and safely manipulate dental biomaterials;

19. Analyse the need for topical medications at community and individual level;

20. Evaluate the functions and adverse effects of drugs and medications used in oral health care.


  1. Infection control
  2. Periodontal disease
  3. Mechanical removal of plaque and calculus
  4. Referrals
  5. Periodontal packs
  6. Medications used in periodontal disease
  7. Relationship between general health and periodontal disease
  8. History taking


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of ORHL1001, ORHL1003, ORHL1004 and HUBS1106

Assumed knowledge

This course builds directly on, and reuires that you have passed ORHL1001 and ORHL1003, and requires that you have successfully completed all Year 1 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. You must pass this course to progress into Semester 2 and Year 3 of the program.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Clinical Assessment

In Term Test: Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA)

Formal Examination: Written Exam

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Immunisation Requirements - Students must have up to date Vaccination Records.
  • 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.