This unit will provide students with an advanced understanding of the importance of population oral health in relation to the wider context of dentistry. This unit focuses on the determinants of oral health and the importance of upstream measures to address the root causes of oral diseases and the planning, implementing and evaluating of these approaches. In taking a population-level approach to the management of oral health and well-being, students will develop understanding of key interventions such as community water fluoridation. The sociological aspects of oral health and the dental profession will also be explored and students will learn about planning and implementing oral health policies.
30hrs consisting of 10x(1hr lecture/seminar and 2hr tutorial)
individual written assignments (80%), tutorial discussion and group-work participation (20%)
Recommended Reading: Rose G. The strategy of preventive medicine. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1992; World Health Organisation. Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases. Geneva: WH0, 2000; Wilkinson R, Marmot M,eds. Social Determinants of Health - The Solid Facts. 2nd eds. World Health Organisation,2003; Sheiham A. Improving Oral Health for All; Focusing on Determinants and Conditions. Health Educ J 2000; 59:351-63; Watt RG. From Victim Blaming to Upstream Action: Tackling the Social Determinants of Oral Health Inequalities. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007; 35:1-11; Eckersley R, Dixon JM, Dixon J, Douglas B, Matheson Douglas R. The social origins of health and well-being. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2001 What options do we have for organising, providing and funding better public dental care? Australian Health Policy Institute. Commissioned Paper Series 2001/02. Available at: http://www.menzieshealthpolicy.edu.au/other_tops/pdfs_hpa/optionspaper.pdf Slade GD, Spencer AJ, Roberts-Thomson KF, editors. Australia's dental generations: the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004-06. AIHW cat. no. DEN 165. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Dental Statistics and Research Series No. 34), 2007.
PUBH5010 or CEPI5100 or SUST5004