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DS5101 - Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care)

Credit points: 12
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: DS5101 DS5102
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject is only available to those students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Students participate in a clinical placement program that enables them to provide comprehensive oral care to patients in a range of clinical settings. Each clinical site will have students providing dental care under supervision. The development of clinical skills continues across the year to achieve competencies in all the key areas of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform an expanding range of dental procedures under supervision;
  • Evaluate the oral health care needs of patients;
  • Diagnose, plan and appropriately manage the care of patients with special needs;
  • Identify the need for specialist dental care and refer appropriately when required;
  • Prepare and restore teeth using a range of materials for both direct and indirect restorations; Demonstrate the ability to treat complete or partially edentulous patients with either fixed or removable prostheses; Address professionally and ethically the health care needs of patients, including both their direct clinical needs as well as their social and cultural expectations; Demonstrate competent use of radiographic techniques and interpretation of results to aid diagnosis.

Subject Assessment

  • See DS5102 for assessment detail - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Satisfactory attendance is required at (pre)clinical placements. Satisfactory academic and professional standard, as described in the College Assessment Guidelines, must be achieved in order to progress.

Prerequisites: DS4101 AND DS4102


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Cairns, Study Period 1, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Poyan Barabari
Lecturers: Dr Felicity Croker, Assoc. Professor Yousef Abdalla, Dr Kornelija Sfera, Dr Maleta Seiler, Dr Kevin Ang, Dr Michael Robinson, Dr William Shield, Dr Andrew Liaw, Dr Tonia Girdis, Dr Jordan Lines, Dr Hannah Treston, Dr Cassey Fogarty, Dr Amar Sholapurkar, Dr Alex Dancyger, Miss Miren Villanueva, Dr Rita Louise, Dr Caitlin Boxsell, Dr Manjunath Rajashekhar, Professor Peter Thomson, Assoc. Professor Marguerite Reith, Dr Tulio Fernandez Medina, Dr Harini Mani, Assoc. Professor Justin Curtin, Dr Pratibha Dabas.
Workload expectations:
  • 600 hours placement

Cairns, Study Period 2, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Clara Jo
Workload expectations:
  • 600 hours placement

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.