1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Oral Health Practice 3

Oral Health Practice 3 (ORAL30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 75On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeORAL30002
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject comprises lectures, seminars, on-line modules, preclinical and clinical experience and encompasses all aspects of oral health therapy patient care utilising student directed learning and self-assessment, reflective practice and problem based learning.

Students will engage in clinical practice providing the full oral health therapy scope of practice within general and specialist dental practices in the public and private sectors, special needs and outreach dental care programs.

Topics of speciality to this subject are: aetiology and management of early childhood caries; oral health care for preschool children; treatment planning and evaluation of preventive and restorative treatment; atraumatic restorative techniques; vital tooth bleaching and mouthguards; implant maintenance; advanced periodontal treatment planning and maintenance; aetiology, differential diagnosis and management of enamel defects; child protection and mandatory reporting; and advanced clinical experience in oral health therapy patient care.

This subject completes the clinical and educational preparation for full Oral Health Therapy (OHT) scope of practice including:

  • care within a preventive, health promoting philosophy
  • history taking and preparation of patients for oral health therapy care
  • autonomous examination, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients of all ages
  • intra and extra oral radiography and radiological interpretation and diagnosis
  • preventive care for patients of all ages
  • orthodontic procedures within scope of OHT practice
  • dental therapy care for all children, adolescents and young people up to age 26
  • dental hygiene care for people of all ages
  • vital tooth bleaching and mouthguard construction
  • management of special needs patients
  • provision of care under general anaesthesia within scope of OHT practice
  • preparation for OHT practice in specialist areas of dentistry including orthodontics, prosthodontics, pedodontics and periodontics and special needs dentistry
  • management of polypharmacy and administration of drugs according to regulatory frameworks
  • recognition of pathological conditions requiring referral
  • recognition of boundaries of professional competence and appropriate referral
  • skills in collaborative practice and teamwork
  • ethical practice
  • evidence based practice
  • respect for cultural and social conditions that contribute to poor health
  • culturally safe and sensitive practice

care that considers family, carers and social conditions in the development of treatment plans

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:


  • The philosophy of total oral health care including the interaction of oral health therapy care with general dental and specialist care as part of the overall care plan for each patient;
  • The fundamental principles of quality assurance and control, including self- assessment;
  • Time management concepts;
  • The need for and role of continuing education in professional development;
  • The role of the oral health therapist and other personnel in general and specialist practices; and
  • The limitations of particular treatment modalities.

Have developed:

  • The ability to accurately manage and comply with legislative requirements for patient record keeping ;

and skills in:

  • Working as part of a comprehensive health team;
  • Development and management of communication systems;
  • Implementing workplace quality assurance;
  • Reflective Practice;
  • Taking clinical photographs and using other imaging techniques;
  • Teamwork, leadership, communication; and
  • Problem solving in a clinical setting.

The ability to:

  • Apply techniques to monitor and maintain effective and efficient delivery of oral health services; and
  • Effectively and efficiently manage time.


  • That dentistry is a service profession;
  • Issues of occupational health and safety in dental practice; and

Legal and ethical issues in the delivery of oral health service provision.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:

  • Planning, development and implementation of quality assurance;
  • Self assessment;
  • Development and management of communication systems;
  • Management of records and files;
  • Teamwork;
  • Leadership;
  • Problem solving;
  • Effective and efficient management of time;
  • Workplace safety; and
  • Legal and ethical issues.

Last updated: 20 March 2019