ORAL13001 - Oral Health Clinical Placement 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this capstone unit you will integrate your knowledge, skills and professional experience in a range of environments, such as the CQUniversity Health Clinic, private dental surgeries, public dental clinics, community settings, residential care facilities, local schools and the Rockhampton Base Hospital, in preparation for employment as an oral health therapist. You will be able to demonstrate competence in total patient care over a range of clinical preventive and operative procedures with child and adult patients. This includes the provision of total patient care for patients who are medically compromised, with special needs, with co-morbidity and poly-pharmacy, with fixed and/or removable oral prostheses, with root caries and those requiring direct intra-coronal restorations. You will also develop clinical judgment skills in identifying patients who require referral for complex care outside one's scope of practice. Reflective and self-directed learning will improve your ability as a clinician in a supportive and confidence- building environment. Lastly, you will be able to communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms utilising appropriate interpersonal and team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours. You will be required to attend a two-week compulsory intensive program prior to the commencement of clinical placement.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 18
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.375
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prereq: ORAL12004 Orthodontics, Prosthodontics & Pharm and ORAL12005 Oral Hlth Pre Clinical Prac 2 and ORAL12006 Oral Health Clinical Practice 2 and HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies or with approval from the Discipline Leader for Oral Health

Coreq: HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology unless previously successfully completed by the student

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 18-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 37.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 450 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 40%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 0%
3. Examination 60%
4. Professional Practice Placement 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluation of Unit
Feedback
Students requested another type of assessment for Infection Control as the one used in Term 1 2018 was not entirely relevant.
Recommendation
Other types of assessment for Infection Control will be explored and implemented for Term 1 2019.
Action Taken
Students completed the same type of assessment for Infection Control as in 2018 but also combined it with Work Integrated Learning clinical experience in the Sterilisation Room in the Health Clinic on campus in Rockhampton.
Source: Student Evaluation of Unit
Feedback
Students requested an electronic diary rather than a hard copy diary for their written reflective practice notes.
Recommendation
An electronic diary through a personal blog via Moodle will be explored and implemented in Term 1 2019.
Action Taken
The electronic diary through the Open University personal blog via Moodle was explored and implemented in Term 1 2019.
Source: Student Evaluation of Unit
Feedback
Students requested more training for clinical supervisors in providing useful and consistent feedback.
Recommendation
The Oral Health team will discuss ways to reinforce the benefits of useful, timely and consistent feedback from clinical supervisors to our students. Academics will need to take time to have two-way meetings with clinical supervisors in person, on the telephone or via ZOOM at regular intervals during the term.
Action Taken
The Oral Health team discussed ways to reinforce the benefits of useful, timely and consistent feedback from clinical supervisors to our students. Academics in this unit have taken time to have two-way meetings with clinical supervisors in Central Queensland, Darling Downs and Gold Coast in person, on the telephone or via ZOOM at regular intervals during the term in 2019.
Source: Feedback from students in class during the term. Emails and phone calls from lecturer in an allied health discipline during the term.
Feedback
The teaching space in ROK B34/1.15 was not ideal as the microphones were not always charged or would not operate for each class. Furthermore, the room needed to be re-timetabled for Oral Health twice during the term to allow for clinical assessments for an allied health discipline.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the teaching space in ROK B34/1.15 should not be used as a teaching space for an oral health unit. This teaching space should be used by allied health disciplines only.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Oral Health Staff Meeting minutes.
Feedback
In order to monitor and assist students in their clinical learning, regular contact needs to be established and maintained with clinical supervisors and students at multiple sites across Queensland during the term. This is difficult as all the staff are based permanently in Rockhampton, Central Queensland.
Recommendation
Like other disciplines in our Department, it is recommended that a specific Oral Health Clinical Academic plan and organise two-way meetings with clinical supervisors and students at multiple clinical placement sites in person, on the telephone or via ZOOM at regular intervals during 2020. Sites include, but are not limited to, Mt Isa, Roma, Townsville, Central Queensland, Darling Downs, West Moreton, Gold Coast, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO).
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge, skills and professional experience from Years 1 and 2 in a range of environments in preparation for employment as an oral health therapist.
  2. Deliver safe and competent clinical care through preventive and operative procedures with child and adult patients.
  3. Provide total patient care for patients who are medically compromised, with special needs, with co-morbidity and poly-pharmacy, with fixed and / or removable oral prostheses, with root caries and those requiring direct intra-coronal restorations.
  4. Develop clinical judgment skills in identifying patients whom require referral pathways for complex care outside one's scope of practice.
  5. Create and deliver individual and small group oral health education and promotion sessions in a range of settings in the community.
  6. Communicate information regarding oral health in oral and written forms.
  7. Satisfy the requirements of an evolving dental practitioner utilising appropriate interpersonal / team communication skills, professional attitudes and ethical behaviours.

All unit profiles in the Bachelor of Oral Health are made available to the Australian Dental Council for on-going accreditation purposes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - Professional Practice Placement
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - Professional Practice Placement