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|Award title||Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||50 credit points|
|Duration||6 months full-time|
Dental Therapists and Oral Health Therapists are registered dental practitioners who provide a range of diagnostic, preventive and restorative dental services in collaboration with dentists (much as nurses work with doctors). Both Dental Therapists and Oral Health Therapists provide dental therapy services. Dental therapy practice has traditionally been limited to people of under 26 years of age. Recently, legislation governing the practice of dental therapy has removed that age limit enabling dental therapy practice with people of all ages. There is significant demand for the provision of dental therapy services for adults, particularly in the public sector.
The Dental Board of Australia (responsible for registration of dental practitioners in Australia) has determined that completion of a university-based educational program would qualify practising dental therapists and oral health therapists to expand service provision to patients of all ages within the scope of dental therapy practice.
The Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice) offers an entry limited to Australian Dental Board registered dental and oral health therapists.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have:
- current registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a dental therapist or oral health therapist; and
- two years of practice experience.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance, across all undergraduate or postgraduate study.
- the work experience, with preference given to applicants with evidence of previous management of patients aged 18 to 24 years.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
A candidate for the Melbourne GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DENTAL THERAPY (ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE) must have abilities and skills in the following five categories:
The student must be able to observe mandatory demonstrations and experiments in the designated subjects.
The student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the senses of vision, hearing and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.
The student must be able to hear and comprehend instructions in laboratories and practical sessions and be able to clearly and independently communicate knowledge and application of the principles and practices of the subject during assessment tasks.
A student must be able to hear, to speak, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity, and posture and perceive nonverbal communications. A student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in both oral and written modalities. The student must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in both oral and written modes with all members of the health care team, including using telephones and computers.
A student must be able to undertake the motor requirements for any mandatory practical sessions. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
Students should have good motor function to elicit information from patients by physical examination; for example, palpation, percussion, and other diagnostic manoeuvres. Students should possess sufficient manual dexterity to be able to perform procedures required as a dental practitioner. The student should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general dental care and emergency treatment to patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, hand eye coordination and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
IV. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities:
The student is expected to have the ability to develop problem-solving skills and demonstrate this ability in practical sessions. These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving requires all of these intellectual abilities.
The student is expected to have the ability to develop problem-solving skills and demonstrate the ability to establish oral health care plans and priorities. These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving requires all of these intellectual abilities.
V. Behavioural and Social Attributes:
A student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgement, the prompt completion of all required tasks, and display professional behaviour at all times.
A student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgement, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients. A student must display professional behaviour at all times and develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and colleagues.
It is a requirement of the course that students will be expected to physically examine their peers (of all genders) and be examined in return in teaching settings and patients (of all genders) in clinics.
The University is dedicated to providing support to those with special requirements. Further details can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website.
The Melbourne Dental School policy outlining requirements in relation to student disability for entry to and progression within the program are outlined below.
Melbourne Dental School Policy in Relation to Students with Disabilities
The curriculum of the GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DENTAL THERAPY (ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE) has been developed using graduate attribute statements in six domains (professionalism, scientific knowledge, patient care, dental profession, systems of health care and the society). Students entering the Melbourne GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DENTAL THERAPY (ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE) must therefore have the aptitude to achieve these attributes during the course in readiness for progression to independent practice.
The Melbourne Dental School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Faculty policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study. Appropriate adjustments will be made to enhance the participation of students with a disability in the dental course. A prospective student with a disability is advised to discuss with Student Equity and Disability Support any issues related to his or her ability to successfully meet all the course and subsequent registration requirements.
All students of the GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DENTAL THERAPY (ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE) must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence at completion required by the faculty and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation agency.
A student with a disability may be asked to provide independent medical or other clinical assessments of the disability and its possible impact on the ability of the student to successfully complete the course, before being accepted into the course. This statement would be treated in confidence with only those on the admissions committee and the Student Equity and Disability Support having access to the document.
Deliberate misinformation about the student’s ability to successfully complete the course will be regarded as unprofessional practice and treated as such.
While the Melbourne Dental School will make reasonable adjustments to minimise the impact of a disability, all students must be able to participate in the program in an independent manner. It is not reasonable for students to use an intermediary as an adjustment to compensate for a disability impacting on any of the five categories. In the clinical environment there is a primary duty of care to the patients and the needs of students cannot compromise this. It is expected that all students will be able to participate fully in all classroom-based learning activities and to successfully fulfil the self-study requirements of the course. The presence of a disability will not automatically entitle the student to preferential treatment in clinical place allocation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course students should have the ability to:
- Competently assess a patient's medical history to ascertain possible complications to care and to seek appropriate referral advice when required;
- Undertake a comprehensive examination of adult patients, diagnose disease and identify simple restorative needs and those that require referral to a dentist;
- Identify occlusal conditions that contraindicate dental restoration by a DT/OHT;
- Identify different types of dental prostheses used in dentistry including the indications for each;
- Describe the possible complications for placing restorations adjacent to a fixed or removable prosthesis;
- Appreciate the restorativeperiodontal interface;
- Describe common endodontic therapies used in permanent teeth and recognize clinical signs of failure that require referral;
- Describe age related changes in teeth and the supporting structures;
- Appreciate the challenges of restoring form and function with simple, direct multi‐surface restorations in adult mouths;
- Display knowledge in treatment planning for care considered part of the scope of practice for OHT or DT, recognition of the boundaries and appropriate consultation and referral pathways for those elements outside such scope;
- Undertake treatment planning for care considered part of the scope of practice for OHT or DT and consult or refer to a dentist for those elements outside such scope;
- Demonstrate knowledge and competency in adult clinical dental therapy practice;
- Demonstrate knowledge and the ability to respond appropriately to adult dental trauma and dental emergencies; and
- Recognize when clinical cases are beyond their skill set and make appropriate referral.
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- hve in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
Leaders in communities:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
The course comprises three subjects: 2 x 12.5 points and 1 x 25 points. Delivery mode will be via intensive coursework and clinical training. Some coursework delivery will be presented on-line.
All subjects are required to be attempted in the same semester as the course is only offered full-time. The integration of clinical and didactic elements are important to skill development for the participants.
The structure of the program is in blocks and concentrated weekly commitments on site to enable participation by people are maintaining existing employment.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|ORAL90001||Oral Health Practice 4||
|ORAL90002||Oral Pathology and Adult Oral Function||
|ORAL90003||Oral Health Sciences 4||
Last updated: 23 July 2021