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Unit Overview


This unit will provide knowledge including relevant concepts in the oral health care in the areas of Dental Public Health, and Personal and Professional Development. Students will gain an understanding of the Australian Health Care System in relation to community oral health programs, as well as legislative and ethical frameworks. Students will continue to undertake their clinical or laboratory research project and provide relevant documentation for assessment.

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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) module 1 - present the principles of efficient, effective and equitable utilisation of resources, and recognise local and national needs in health care and service delivery across Australia's geographical areas; (2) module 2 - provide culturally safe and culturally competent practice that includes recognition of the distinct needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to oral health care provision; (3) module 3 - describe the legislative and ethical framework governing a dental practitioner; and (4) module 4 - engage in research activity.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessment - dental public health

SLO 1; (2) written assessment AIOH

SLO 2; and (3) assignment PPD

SLO 3. 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 assessment AIOH SLO 2 and assignment PPD SLO 3 components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Laura Dalton-Ecker
Unit rules
DENT5312 Developmental and behavioural sciences 2, DENT5322 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2, DENT5337 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 7, DENT5338 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 8, DENT5313 Developmental and behavioural sciences 3, DENT5323 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3, DENT5341 Comprehensive clinical care 1
and DENT5342 Comprehensive clinical care 2
DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3, DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4
and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic includes high academic achievement direct pathway 24 places, indigenous entry, rural 3 places and standard pathway graduate applicants 20 and 6 international.
Contact hours
Lecture slot 1 hour
Clinic slot 3 hours
Practical slot 3 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.