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Adult Restorative for Oral Health Therapists

Adult Restorative for Oral Health Therapists
Advanced Training for Oral Health Therapists

This course offers Oral Health Therapists (OHT) or dual trained Dental Hygienists/Dental Therapists the opportunity to broaden your professional skill set to include restorative treatment planning and procedures for adult patients. This course has been revised to meet the needs of the working clinician and consists of online Zoom lectures, online Zoom case study discussions and 3 days of simulated clinical practice with the supervision of registered dentists or Oral Health Therapists with Adult Scope.

This course will provide education and clinical skill development relevant to the provision of restorative treatment for adult patients, taking into consideration their periodontal status. Additionally, the course will include advanced didactic content such as cone-beam imaging, the role of medicines in managing oral health, an update in restorative dentistry, and adult restorative treatment planning.


  • Fundamentals of Adult Restorative Care
  • Management Consideration for the Adult Patient
  • Adult Restorative Clinical Practice

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the clinical significance of normal and anatomical variation for radiographic imaging techniques, trauma, temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain, local anaesthesia and obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Apply knowledge and skills in bioscience to deliver safe and person-centred care, including comprehensive clinical information gathering and interpretation, treatment planning, application of local anaesthetics, confident management of medicine in managing oral health, and rational prescribing Dental Schedule medicines
  • Describe the foundational concepts in materials science
  • Develop and demonstrate adult-restorative treatment planning skills through participating and learning in case-based tutorials
  • Perform quality assessment in radiographic imaging and describe film faults in conventional and panoramic imaging
  • Demonstrate disciplinary knowledge in tooth conservation and technical skills in cavity design and restorations using direct restorative materials
  • Describe nonoperative and operative approaches in adult restorative treatment of dental pathology
  • Describe and apply the basics involved in conducting a dental clinical examination and documenting this (including odontogram) following required procedures and protocols
  • Describe the types of removable, fixed dental prostheses and materials used to construct them
  • Discuss the impact of dental prostheses on oral health and the role of oral health therapist in the maintenance of oral health in patients with dental prostheses
  • Explain drug and alcohol use disorders and outline the patterns of use, treatment and adverse reactions
  • Discuss overdose and withdrawal management and implications of drug use and addition on dental treatment
  • Discuss the nature and mechanisms of obstructive sleep apnoea, its relation to oral and dental diseases and the role of oral health therapist

Course delivery method

This course will be delivered predominantly online. It will consist of a series of videos, Zoom lectures and Zoom Workshops.

A schedule of the Zoom lectures will be provided closer to the start date.

The final section of the course will be a 3-day workshop of simulated practice.

Course pre-requisites

  • Proof of current AHPRA registration as either an oral health therapist or dual trained dental hygienist/dental therapist
  • Proof of graduation with either an undergraduate degree in oral health therapy or dental hygiene and dental therapy
  • Certificate of professional indemnity insurance
  • Minimum of 3 years practical dental experience as an OHT or dual qualified dental therapist/dental hygienist
  • Statutory Declaration of affirming currency of practice

Please note – we can only accept candidates who have no restrictions on clinical practice.

The simulation component of this course is a mandatory requirement to obtain a certificate of completion for this course. 

Additional Course Information

Simulation practice

Date: Wednesday 29th May 2024 - Friday 31st May 2024

Time: 8.30am - 5.00pm

Location: Sydney Bligh St Sim Clinic

Participants will have three days to practice their restorative skills and will be provided with instruments and a Columbia Typodont Model for use within the University of Sydney Simulation Clinic. Participants may be required to purchase more plastic teeth to practice from the vending machine, which is available at the simulation premises.


Simulation safety protocol

All participants are required to follow the simulation practice protocol.

  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective footwear
  • Protective clothing
  • Infection control

Additional Information

For terms and conditions, please view here.



Course fees
 Standard  $8025 incl.GST
 Alumni/Staff  Please contact [email protected]
Hybrid event
Monday, 06 May 2024 to
Friday, 31 May 2024
8:00AM - 4:30PM
University of Sydney



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