orh2osn oral med, snd and pharm




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will be introduced to the principles of dental management of patients with systemic disorders, as well as oral medicine and pharmacology. You will gain an understanding of treating patients with disorders including cardiovascular disease, respiratory, haematological, neurological, endocrine and neoplastic conditions, as well as people with intellectual, physical and sensory disability. You will be introduced to oral soft and hard tissue pathology and pharmacology, and to the field of gerodontics.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMark Gussy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites DEN2MDA

Co-requisites ORH2COH

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssentials of oral pathology and medicinePrescribedCawson, RA and Odell, EW8TH EDN, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, EDINBURGH 2008
ReadingsOral pathology for the dental hygienist.PrescribedIbsen, OAC and Phelan, JA5TH EDN, SAUNDERS/ ELSEVIER, ST LOUIS. 2008
ReadingsDental management of the medically compromised patient.RecommendedLittle, JW, Fallace, DA, Miller, CS and Rhodus, NL.ELSEVIER MOSBY, ST LOUIS. 2008

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the pharmacology of common classes of drugs.

Lectures, tutorials

02. Determine the effects of non-dental medication on the management and proposed dental treatment for their patients.

Lectures, tutorials, clinical placements

03. Assess the mouth and peri-oral region for pathology and refer to dentists or specialist where required.

Lectures, tutorials, clinical placements

04. Differentiate variations in normal oral facial structures and the presence of disease or trauma.

Lectures, tutorials, clinical placements

05. Give examples of contemporary trends in oral health and diseases for the older Australian population.

Lectures, tutorials, clinical placements

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMark Gussy

Class requirements

One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 2 hour lecture per week"

One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 1 hour seminar per week"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1,500-word assignment4501, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2,000-word written examination5501, 02, 03, 04, 05