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Special Needs Dentistry 3 is the final subject that follows from the two years of specialist training that focuses on advanced aspects of special needs dentistry and how they pertain to complex patient centred care. Students will manage treatment of patients with complex care needs whilst considerations are taken into account with interdisciplinary care, public advocacy, role of autonomy and clinical decision making.
Learning is achieved through a series of weekly 4-hour seminars, journal meetings and clinical placements, which occur throughout the teaching period. Clinical placements are in major public hospital and Community Care Centres facilities that have dental clinics.
Seminar presentations require students to present on several aspects pertinent to the particular semester. The seminars are on a 6-semester rotation and all post graduate students across the three years take part. The themes include: ageing, public dental health, the aged care system and domiciliary care; polypharmacy, saliva, common medical conditions facing the elderly; physical and intellectual disabilities; Oral pathology, oral medicine, oral cancer; medically compromised series 1, transplants, and palliative care; and blood and bleeding disorders.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject, students will:
- Have superior capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations through their developed skills in case presentation; and have developed an appreciation for the complexities of SND
- Develop high-level awareness of the basis of Special Needs Dentistry including gerodontics and related medical issues with aging, disease and health, developmental disabilities, neurodegenerative disorders, management of endocrine diseases, transplant medicine and dentistry as well as palliative dental care
- Recognise the complexities of managing patients and link between general health and oral health to apply specialist knowledge to a range of social and medical issues impacted by their special needs
- Develop and apply advanced techniques during complex special needs patient cases in a range of clinical, aged care and home settings
- High-level awareness of ethical and consent issues surrounding SND patients, and complexities of managing patients in a range of medical, dental and allied health settings together with the use of pharmacological management in the context of SND
- Be experienced in behavior management techniques appropriate for use in the special care setting
- Have strong awareness of trans-disciplinary cooperation and its specific relation to special needs to plan and provide high quality oral care to individuals with special needs
- Develop specialist knowledge and skills in oral health promotion in order to develop, design and implement oral health programs for individuals with special needs
Last updated: 19 January 2024