DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)

This subject focuses upon the general physiologic aspects of ageing, the health and disease burdens of the aged, speech and nutrition issues, therapeutic drug burdens and implications for care, care facility environments and oral health care delivery. Ageing and the oral tissues and oral diseases of significance in the elderly are also reviewed.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH491. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science course.


DOH403 and DOH412 and DOH414 and DOH415 and DOH416

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the particular needs of elderly-aged dental patients in the context of an ability to provide competent dental care
  • be able to describe the broad physiologic and disease associations of ageing
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the effects of ageing on oral-maxillofacial tissues
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of oral diseases of significance in the elderly


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ageing and physiologic changes
  • Ageing and disease burdens
  • Speech and the elderly
  • Care facilities and support structures
  • Medications and the elderly and dental implications
  • Special needs patients and their management
  • Ageing and oral-maxillofacial tissues
  • Oral-maxillofacial diseases of significance in the elderly

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DOH491 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Multi-part assignment

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.