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DENT5102: Dental Health Services, Systems and Policy

This unit of study provides students with an appreciation of the role and scope of oral health services within the Australian health care system by offering both foundational and applied knowledge required for analysis and evaluation of oral health service delivery. On the completion of this unit of study, students will understand the underpinning principles that contextualise primary oral health care; identify and articulate the socioeconomic and socio-political determinants that impact on the delivery and management of oral health services; and to critically evaluate the appropriateness of existing and proposed oral health services and programs for different population groups.

Code DENT5102
Academic unit Discipline of Population Oral Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of General Dentistry, particularly in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate how health policy is developed and implemented by government and professional associations
  • LO2. critically consider how health professional regulation in Australia impacts upon health policy and the dental workforce
  • LO3. demonstrate knowledge of different payment systems in dentistry and how these affect the provision of dentistry and services
  • LO4. consider the impact of private health insurance on dentistry, considering this from both a global and an Australian perspective
  • LO5. demonstrate understanding of consumer factors in the provision of dental health services and why consumer-engagement is crucial to the provision of appropriate and culturally competent care
  • LO6. critically discuss different components of dental health services provision, including private, public and corporate care models.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.