Where will this take me?
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course, students should;
- Have in-depth knowledge and skills in primary, secondary and tertiary oral health care (including oral examination, diagnosis and treatment planning, and clinical therapeutic skills) in order to practise those aspects of dental therapy permitted by the legislation governing dentistry in Australia, for people of all ages
- Be able to recognise the limits of their scope of practice and be able to consult with and refer to other practitioners in their referral network as appropriate
- Be able to provide oral health care that protects and respects people’s dignity, autonomy, cultural and social values
- Be able to critically examine, synthesise and evaluate knowledge of their practice and apply it to a broader patient group
This course will give you:
The qualifications to practise on patients of all ages
Dental therapists and oral health therapists will be able to provide dental therapy treatments to patients of all ages
A range of specialised skills
Training in the use of dental materials and knowledge of prosthodontics, oral medicine and pharmacology (as they relate to dental therapy)
A range of other skills
Become equipped with using local anaesthesia, dental emergency management and cardiology, and the ability to conduct adult oral health examinations
Treatment planning skills for adults
Learn how to manage older adults, particularly in the preventive management of root caries
A framework for oral medicine
Learn how to provide dental therapy services to medically compromised patients, those with disabilities and those with oral pathology
Bachelor of Oral Health graduates currently only have the option of Honours as a pathway within the School and alternatives such as the Master of Public Health offered by the School of Population Health at Melbourne and other Universities.
This course is the first postgraduate clinical offering available to oral health practitioners and over time, it is projected to articulate into other postgraduate clinical oral health programs.