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    The knowledge and competencies to enable registered and practising dental therapists and oral health therapists to provide restorative care to patients aged 18 years and older.

    About this paper

    Paper title Adult Restorative Dental Care
    Subject Dentistry (Oral Health)
    EFTS 0.5000
    Points 60 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 July 2024 - 20 June 2025) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $6,206.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    DEOH 201
    Prerequisite may be waived for students with particular prior education or experience. Please contact for more information.

    DEOH401 is designed for dental therapists and oral health therapists to enable them to upskill and add the scope of Adult Care in Dental Therapy Practice to their scope of practice (dental therapists) or remove the restorative exclusion from their scope of practice (oral health therapists).

    All students/applicants will:

    • Be registered with the New Zealand Dental Council (DCNZ) and hold a current practising certificate as a dental therapist or oral health therapist.
    • Have access to a patient group aged 18 years and older for a minimum of one day per week for the duration of the paper’s enrolment.
    • Have a mentor (dentist or oral health therapist) who holds a current practising certificate with the DCNZ in the relevant scope of practice.

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Susan Moffat


    To be advised

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of DEOH401, students are expected to demonstrate:

    Understanding of current scientific dental related knowledge:

    • Understanding of the current biological, physical, cultural, social and psychological factors involved in dental and oral disease, and the attainment and maintenance of oral health for patients 18 years and older

    Ability to obtain patient information:

    • Obtain by interview and examination patient information relevant to the delivery of oral health care. Record client or patient information logically, legibly and securely

    Ability to analyse client or patient information and plan an oral health care programme:

    • Assess information in order to identify oral health problems and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan for patients 18 years and older, that addresses the aetiology of dental and oral disease, the attainment and maintenance of oral health, priority of management, patient options, and predicted outcome

    Ability to provide or make provision for oral health care:

    • To communicate to the patient the requirements of an oral health care plan in order to obtain informed consent and, where necessary, carry out agreed procedures and manage any complications, or refer the client or patient to an appropriate health professional

    Ability to communicate effectively:

    • To be able to effectively communicate with, and/or educate, patients, other health workers, and the public on oral health matters

    Ability to maintain competence:

    • By self-monitoring of the outcomes of delivery of oral health care and undertaking continuing personal professional development/life-long learning

    Understanding the legal requirements for practice:

    • An understanding of the ethical responsibilities and legislation concerning safe practice
    • Understanding of the implications of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the delivery of oral health care

    Ability to work within a team and understand the roles of the various team members:

    • Seek support and guidance from colleagues as necessary or refer when treatment is outside scope of practice
    • A commitment to improving oral health and reducing oral health inequities


    1st Non standard period (1 July 2024 - 20 June 2025)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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