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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject covers general dental practice including treatment planning and clinical practice of integrated dental care. Students will engage in clinical practice at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne providing holistic, patient-centred oral health care, covering all aspects of oral health learnt to this point in the course. They will also have treatment planning sessions in groups, facilitated by a clinical supervisor. This subject should also be viewed as working in combination with the Specialist Clinical Practice as a means to provide total patient care.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand the role and responsibilities of the general dental practitioner in the provision of comprehensive patient centred oral health care;
- identify differing oral health care needs of individuals and groups within the community;
- implement the concepts and practice of ongoing comprehensive patient-centred care in the prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases - as opposed to the episodic management of symptomatic oral problems;
- perform an accurate examination, diagnosis and treatment plan prior to commencing the care for patients with simple or advanced/complicated oral health issues (high caries and complex periodontal disease);
- apply the concepts and practice of maintaining oral health and provide a prognosis;
- implement and apply constant evaluation of techniques, peer review processes and the application of scientific rigour and principles to the resolution of clinical problems;
- practise correct infection control in dental practice;
- communicate professionally amongst peers and patients.
the student will have an understanding of concepts related to:
- the differential diagnoses of oral diseases and the use of special diagnostic procedures;
- the conservative management of destructive lesions of the teeth and their supporting structures;
- use of dental materials in a clinical setting;
- the sequelae of the loss of al or part of the dentition, and complete and partial oral rehabilitation;
- the control and prevention of dental caries and periodontal disease.
- be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
- develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
- develop effective organisational skills and time management;
- develop skills in teamwork and workplace safety;
- be able to identify and address their own learning needs;
- develop self-awareness and skills to maintain their own mental and physical wellbeing.
Last updated: 29 July 2022