The University of Newcastle, Australia
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 provision of specialist oral health care. This course looks at oral health needs and care for special needs patients, including the elderly, those with physical and mental disabilities, patients with chronic medical complications and undergoing complex medical treatment including chemotherapy. Clinical experience will be gained on placement in NSW Oral Health facilities.


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 special needs groups within our community;

2. Generate new approaches to the organisation and provision of oral health services for special needs groups within our community;

3. Use an evidence based approach to the provision of information and care for special needs groups within our community;

4. Generate new organisational models for oral health care delivery for special needs groups within our community;

5. Generate methods for determining efficacy of antimicrobial therapy in relation to special needs groups within our community;

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 special needs groups within our 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 prostheses;

11. Provide community and individual care appropriate to the medical and oral health history for special needs groups within our community;

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

13. Instruct special needs groups within our community in appropriate methods of plaque control;

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


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 ORHL1001 and ORHL2001, 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 Assessment

Professional Task: Objective Structured Clinical Assessment

Report: Report - Summative Assessment

Compulsory Requirements

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

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.