DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit allows students to gain an understanding of the context, current evidence and stakeholder and consumer perspectives regarding oral health and dental care for (i) (urban and rural) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and (ii) people living in rural and remote settings in Australia. The content of the unit focuses on both 'evidence' and 'perspectives'.

Students consider and critique available evidence and hear and interpret different perspectives on these topics and consider how this will translate in their own clinical practice.

The unit equips students to understand the disadvantages for these peoples and communities in oral health and dental care and to make informed contributions to this area. The first semester unit focuses on people and health (the second semester focuses more on services, systems and research). This is a required unit in the DMD program.
Students are able to (1) describe the distribution and characteristics of people living in rural and remote Australia; (2) describe how the health and oral health of rural and remote Australians differs from urban-based Australians; (3) discuss medical issues that might be important for providing dental care in rural and remote settings and for urban and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; (4) demonstrate a knowledge of health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with a focus on oral health and how this differs from other Australians; (5) identify some of the key historical, social and cultural issues that underlie current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian health disparities; and (6) demonstrate an understanding of the diverse language groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and how you might ensure cultural security (N.B. this unit recognises that many Aboriginal people live in urban communities).
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) indigenous (Australian), rural and remote oral health written examination and (2) Indigenous (Australian), rural and remote oral health assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available for students currently enrolled in the unit who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 overall and a mark of at least 45 in any Failed Component(s).
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Linda Slack-Smith
Unit rules
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain;
DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma;
DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2;
DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
DENT5401 Research and Options 1;
DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1;
DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2
Approved quota: 56—domestic (50) and international (6); for school leavers—rural (3), Metropolitan Pathway (3), Indigenous (3), high academic achievement (5), international (3); for graduates—rural (2), Metropolitan Pathway (2), Indigenous (2), international (3), graduates (30)
Contact hours
lectures: 10 hours
Unit Outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.