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Bachelor of Oral Health (841AC) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

1.Be able to:

a)demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills in primary, secondary and tertiary oral health care including oral examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical therapeutic skills, in orderto practice those aspects of dental therapy and dental hygiene permitted by the legislation governing the practice of dentistry in Australia;

b)relate the scientific basis of health and clinical sciences to the technical and vocational aspects of oral health therapy practice;

c)deliver oral health care in an holistic fashion which takes cognisance of the social, cultural and economic environment in which people live;

d)demonstrate a capacity to design, implement and evaluate preventive interventions at the individual or community level;

e)demonstrate an ability and the confidence to collaborate with all members of the dental team and professionals from other areas such as health, welfare and education;

f)demonstrate an ability to refer patients whose dental care is beyond the scope of the dental hygienist and dental therapist through appropriate referral networks;

g)understand and apply the principles that underpin the ethical codes and legal requirements governing the practice of dentistry;

h)provide care for people that protects their dignity, autonomy, cultural and social values;

i)demonstrate an approach to professional practice incorporating intellectual integrity, self evaluation, development and lifelong learning and a commitment to the oral health therapy community;

2.Have developed:

a)critical, analytical and problem solving skills;

b)the skills to acquire, synthesize and adapt knowledge to a variety of situations;

c)a high level of written and oral communication skills;

d)the capacity for rational inquiry, self directed learning and the integration of new knowledge;

e)the ability to use various mediums to communicate and collaborate with patients and their families;

3.Have the ability:

a)and self confidence to comprehend and respond to complex concepts;

b)to plan work and use time effectively;

4.Possess the knowledge and skills required to advocate for, and promote, the oral health of individuals and groups in both clinical and community settings, especially disadvantaged individuals and groups;

5.Comprehend the principles of population oral health approaches in the contemporary Australian context.

To perform satisfactorily in the course, students must be able to achieve, at least to a satisfactory level, all of the objectives above.

Generic skills

  • Problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in program design and implementation;
  • Evaluation and advocacy;
  • Planning and time management skills;
  • Capacity and motivation for continuing independent learning;
  • Appreciation of, and sensitivity to, cultural diversity;
  • Leadership skills; and
  • Respect for intellectual integrity and scientific truth.

Graduate attributes

A list of attributes of the Melbourne graduate can be found at: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/about/attributes.html