Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Builds on the knowledge gained by students in second year and relates this to the assessment, diagnosis and clinical management of dental hygiene patients. Students will treat patients in the University of Newcastle Oral Health Clinic and attend specialist placements.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

3. Use an evidence based approach to the provision of information and treatment for the community;

4. Generate new organisational models for oral health care delivery for the community;

5. Generate methods for determining efficacy of antimicrobial therapy in relation to the management of periodontal diseases;

6. Provide comprehensive Dental Hygiene treatment for members of the community.

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 the 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 prosthese

11. Provide community and individual care appropriate to the medical and oral health history for a patient;

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

13. Instruct 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. Communication skills
  2. Oral Health organisation and delivery of care for patients
  3. Oral Health needs of the community
  4. Relationship between oral health and general health
  5. Assessment of risk of caries and periodontal disease in the community
  6. Preventive oral health care for the community
  7. Teamwork
  8. Professional responsibility
  9. Infection Control


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 Years 1 and 2, 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: A1 Clinical Placement and Clinical Tutors

Viva Voce: A2 Clinical Summative - Viva Voce

Professional Task: A3 Objective Structured Clinical Assessment

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:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.