DENT5626 Oral Health Care Provision

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit facilitates the student's understanding of the provision of dental health care in Australia, what types of services are provided and how Australians use those services. The topics covered are factors affecting the need and supply of oral health personnel; methods for projecting the need and supply of oral health workforce; Australia's current oral health workforce situation; the legal basis of dental practice; the concepts of need and demand for dental care; and oral health programs.
Students are able to (1) understand the methods available for projecting the need for, and supply of, oral health personnel and the assumptions on which they are based; (2) understand Australia's mix of oral health personnel, the current workforce situation and the legal basis of dental practice; (3) understand the concepts of 'need' and 'demand' for oral care; and (4) specify program goals and objectives for the purposes of identifying desired outcomes, and provide a basis for evaluation and for describing and justifying a program.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written assignment; (2) a tutorial presentation; and (3) a quiz. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
enrolment in postgraduate degrees in dental primary and public health, public health, health science,
with approval from the unit coordinator
Approved quota: 15—on first come, first served basis, if course entry requirements are met
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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