Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This is a capstone subject where students use existing knowledge and skills from earlier subjects (oral and basic sciences, public health and research methods) to apply evidence based practices and programs in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in evidence based and evidence informed practice to solve problems and to appreciate the limitations of evidence based practice. Students will use real examples from their clinical practice and community setting placements as a basis for their learning. Evidence-based practice is the current best approach to provide interventions that are scientific, safe, efficient and cost effective. In this subject students will prepare a report around a clinical problem. This process involves four phases: framing an answerable question from a clinical problem, searching for the best evidence, reviewing and critically appraising the evidence and application of this information in a way that supports clinical practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorRon Knevel

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the following course: HBOHSB AND must have passed the following subjects: ORH1POH, ORH1IOS or DEN1SKA and DEN1SKB, HBS1HBB, PHE1SDH, ORH2COH, PHE2PHP, DEN2MDA, ORH2OSN, DEN3RID


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Achieving evidence-based practice: a handbook for practitioners.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHamer, S & Collison, G


Edition/Volume2ND EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Evidence-based dentistry: managing information for better practice.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorRichards, D





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Outline the various concepts of Evidence Based Practice
02. Formulate answerable questions related to oral health practices and programs
03. Devise efficient and effective strategies for locating and accessing evidence related to previously formulated questions
04. Analyse and synthesise retrieved evidence and present it in a format that is useful for patients or program staff/planners.
05. Incorporates evidence in the clinical setting at all stages of the oral health care process
06. Plans evidence based and evidence informed health promotion and public health strategies for groups and populations
07. Incorporates inquiry and analytic skills, with the necessary literacies to communicate effectively within the profession

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Week 47-22, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRon Knevel

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 47 - 22
One 1.00 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 47 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 47 - 22
Two 4.00 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 47 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Scheduled at start of summer semester (end November) - 2 workshops of 4 hours


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Written report 1:Identifying a clinical problem, including rationale and motivation (1000 words)As a clinician the first step of EBD is identifying a clinical problem and that leads to framing or asking an answerable question, short case description. Submission of reports through Summer semester report 1 and 2) and semester 1 (report 3 and 4).

N/AReportIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2

Written report 2: Framing an answerable question (1000 words).Include: key question, introduction, search strategy ideas, patient perspective/perceived benefits

N/AReportIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO6, SILO7

Written report 3:Search strategy, initial appraisal of literature, literature review(2500 words) Include: search strategy, terms, sources, selection, appraisal, and literature review

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO4, SILO5

Written report 4:Clinical recommendations, integrating the evidence to clinical practice (2500 words)The four written reports, will be submitted in stages throughout Summer semester and semester 1.The fourth report includes previous reports in one cohesive final submission.

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

One 7-minute video presentation (equivalent 1000 words) Submission end semester 1.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7