The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code

ORHL3101

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

ORHL3101 builds on the knowledge and skills gained by students in Year 1 and Year 2 and relates to the expansion of clinical skills to include the management of the adult patient to enable the provision of simple direct tooth restorations. Students will develop clinical judgment skills to be able to identify patients and dentitions which require simple direct restorative care and those that require referral for complex treatment.

Clinical skills laboratory sessions provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary clinical skills in relation to direct restorations for adult patients. Students will treat patients in the University of Newcastle Oral Health Clinic.

This course is a compulsory program component and students must pass in order to demonstrate clinical safety and to progress in the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program. Students are unable to enrol in Year 3 Semester 2 clinical courses until they have passed this course.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the regulations relating to the clinical practice of oral health therapists and have a clear understanding of the limits of their scope of practice

2. Support the role of all members of the dental team.

3. Evaluate a patient's medical history and current medications to identify contraindications for simple restorative care and make appropriate referral for advice.

4. Demonstrate the comprehensive examination of adult patients to identify simple restorative treatment needs and those that require referral to a dentist.

5. Evaluate and justify conditions (including significant tooth wear) that contraindicate dental restoration by the oral health therapist.

6. Recognise types of fixed and removable dental prostheses and understand their functions.

7. Explain the possible complications for placing restorations adjacent to fixed or removable prostheses.

8. Outline the relationship of the restorative-periodontal interface

9. Be able to identify common endodontic therapies used in permanent teeth and recognise clinical signs of failure that require referral.

10. Describe age related changes in teeth and supporting tissues.

11. Generate treatment plans for care considered part of the scope of practice for oral health therapists and know when to consult or refer to a dentist.

12. Demonstrate competence in the simple restoration of teeth in adults of all ages

13. Recognise when clinical cases are beyond their skill set and make appropriate referral.

14. Evaluate and critique his or her role within and during the clinical session.


Content

  1. Permanent tooth morphology in relation to cavity design
  2. Age related changes in teeth including pulpal physiology
  3. Clinical radiology and interpretation of radiographs
  4. Dental material science
  5. Management of the carious lesion in the mature dentition including diagnosis of pathology
  6. Placement of simple direct tooth restorations
  7. Indications and role of fixed and removable prostheses
  8. Scope of practice of the Oral Health Therapist
  9. Referral procedures and pathways
  10. Professional responsibility

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


Requisite

This course is only available to students in the B Oral Health Therapy (12390) program. Pre-requisite: students must also have successfully completed ORHL2106 and ORHL2107.


Assumed knowledge

This course builds directly on, and requires that you have passed ORHL2106 and ORHL2107. The learning from this course will be developed and integrated with aspects of clinical care throughout the rest of the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program. You must pass this course to complete the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program.


Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Objective Structured Clinical Assessment *

Professional Task: Ongoing Clinical assessment *

Written Assignment: Simulated Patient Case Studies

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


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. - 100% Clinical Attendance to meet Australian Dental Council accreditation requirements
  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 100% Clinical Attendance to meet Australian Dental Council accreditation requirements

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment item is a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - This assessment item is a compulsory course component and must be passed to pass the course. Students who do not pass this assessment item may be given a single opportunity to resit.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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

Contact hours

Ourimbah

Clinical

Face to Face On Campus 120 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Internal Clinic 40 hours External Clinic 80 hours

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Clinical Workshop