UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodOHCWA Bunbury Clinic and various DHS facilities in rural areas.Face to face
Content Students attain knowledge and understanding of the cultural particularities related to dental practice for the Australian Indigenous population and the particularities emerging in rural and remote dental practice.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the cultural particularities related to dental practice for the Australian Indigenous population; (2) understand the particularities emerging in rural and remote dental practice; (3) demonstrate effective and culturally secure communication with Indigenous Australians; (4) demonstrate working knowledge of the current status of Australian Indigenous health and oral health in rural and urban areas, and compare and contrast the health and oral health needs of Indigenous Australians versus non-Indigenous people in Australia; (5) analyse the impact of historical, geographical and sociocultural factors which contribute to the current health outcomes for Indigenous Australians living in rural areas; (6) propose culturally secure policies, strategies and methods of oral health service delivery for rural Indigenous populations based upon a community-wide disease prevention approach; and (7) determine the environmental, social and individual determinants of health and oral health in rural communities and analyse their impact on the status of rural dwellers’ health and oral health, the presentation of patients and their reactions to health care and management, and propose effective strategies and programs for improving the oral health of rural communities.
Assessment This comprises a two-hour mid-semester examination (integrated across modules, unit-based), a three-hour end-of-semester examination (integrated across units with DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1 and DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2), continuous clinical assessment (every clinical session) and at least two instances of formative assessment.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Linda Slack-Smith
Unit rules
Prerequisites: DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; and DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; and DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; and DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
Co-requisites: DENT5401 Research and Options 1; and DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; and 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).
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/DENT5404/TS-B-2/2017

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