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Unit Overview


This unit further builds on the fundamental knowledge and skills gained in the previous years of the DMD course. The main focus of this final year of the DMD course is to consolidate the student's clinical dental skills and to expand the clinical experiences by working in different environments. These include clinics at the Oral Health Centre of WA, Dental Health Services' Community Dental Clinics in the metropolitan area, and various rural dental clinics. Students will provide a wide range of clinical dental treatments pursuant to their patient's needs and the individual student's abilities while working under the supervision of experienced academic and clinical staff. Students will also be rostered to various specialist dental clinics to observe and participate in the management of patients requiring specialist dental treatment. Public Health Dentistry, Ethics and Bioethics, and Personal and Professional Development will continue throughout the Semester. Students will continue working on the group research project that was commenced in 2nd Year of the DMD course.

Professional Behaviour Requirements - Please refer to the Dental School Handbook regarding requirements and consequences of non-compliance, which can delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on circumstances.

24 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate competence in clinical dental practice through the provision of dental care to patients; (2) examine patients in the clinical setting and compose a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient; (3) perform appropriate dental treatment to patients in order to restore their oral functions and to maintain their oral health; (4) perform as an observer and, where appropriate, as the operating clinician, in specialist dental clinics; (5) identify how specialist dental treatment influences and integrates with the comprehensive management of the patient; (6) demonstrate competence in managing dental emergencies through participating in emergency dental clinics; (7) 7. examine patients, plan and provide appropriate emergency dental treatment to patients in order to relieve pain and/or to manage dental trauma and to restore oral function; (8) plan and arrange further dental care to manage the emergency condition; (9) demonstrate competence in clinical dental practice clinics in the rural setting; (10) 10. examine patients in the rural clinical setting and plan and provide appropriate dental treatment to patients in the rural setting in order to restore their oral functions and to maintain their oral health; (11) demonstrate competence in community dental practice; (12) examine patients, compose comprehensive treatment plans and provide appropriate dental treatment to patients in the community dental clinic setting in order to restore their oral functions and to maintain their oral health; (13) outline the principles of efficient, effective and equitable utilisation of resources for health care and service delivery; (14) evaluate local and national needs in health care and service delivery across Australia's geographical areas; (15) demonstrate culturally safe and culturally competent dental practice that includes recognition of the distinct needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to oral health care provision; (16) explain the ethical, bioethical and legislative frameworks governing dental practitioners; (17) explain the role of continuing professional development in dental practice; (18) discuss the business-related aspects of dental practice; (19) develop further the group research project that was commenced in 2nd Year of the DMD course and which continues throughout the remainder of the DMD course; and (20) analyse the data collected in the research project and produce a report about the project with a view to submitting this report to a refereed scientific dental journal for consideration for publication.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) practical assessments; and (3) professional behaviour assessments (Pass/Fail). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the written assessments, practical assessments, and professional behaviour assessments (Pass/Fail) components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Poh Hun Loh
Unit rules
DENT3001 Body Systems 1.
DENT3002 Body Systems 2.
DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences.
DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry.
DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology.
DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology.
DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1.
DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology.
DENT4212 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 2 Part 1.
DENT4213 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 2 Part 2.
DENT4214 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 2 Part 3.
DENT4215 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 1.
DENT4216 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 3 Part 1.
DENT4217 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 3 Part 2.
DENT4218 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 2 Part 1.
DENT4219 Introduction to Clinical Dental Practice 2 Part 2.
DENT5310 Integrated Dental Practice 1.
DENT5311 Integrated Dental Practice 2.
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Laboratory coat (estimated cost - $42.00)
(2) Clinical Coat (estimated cost - $80-100)
(3) Safety Glasses (estimated cost - $30.00)
(4) Headlights and Loupes (estimated cost - $1000-2000)
(5) Replacement costs for borrowed dental equipment (estimated cost - $20-5000)
(6) Urban, rural, Interstate and International placements (estimated cost - 1000-5000).
Contact hours
2 lectures per week
average 24 hours practical/clinical sessions per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.