Course Title: Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5277C

Course Title: Implement an oral hygiene program for older people

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4356 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dental Health Program Manager Mr. Mark Doherty
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm.
Telephone: +61 3 9341 1407
Ms. Suzie Georgeivski
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 5:00 pm.
Telephone: +61 3 9341 1408

Nominal Hours: 120

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This unit must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisites:
 HLTAMBFC301C Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care
 HLTDA407C Implement an individualised oral hygiene program

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to promote oral health for older persons. The experience of pain and problems with eating and chewing can adversely affect people’s daily lives, self-esteem and well-being

This unit acknowledges the interrelationship between oral health and general health which is especially pronounced among older people
All procedures are carried out in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, State/Territory legislative requirements and organisation policy

This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting the general well-being of older clients through the promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA413B Implement an oral hygiene program for older people


1. Assess the oral health needs of an older person


2. Provide support for the maintenance of oral hygiene for older persons


3. Implement practical solutions to promote oral health


4. Maintain oral health of persons in residential aged care

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Actively encourage the client to discuss oral health problems without embarrassment
1.2 Identify individualised factors which increase the risk of oral disease for older persons
1.3 Identify oral health problems for older people and their relationship to general health problems
1.4 Look in the client’s mouth while cleaning and/or assisting with oral care
1.5 Identify clients with natural teeth, those who wear dentures and those who are non-denture wearers
1.6 Identify problems that require referral to a dentist

2.1 Ensure flexibility of oral hygiene instruction taking into consideration a client’s individual circumstances
2.2 Demonstrate an understanding of the economic and psychological factors which may affect the oral health of older people
2.3 Provide an appropriate environment for oral hygiene instruction
2.4 Develop and give oral hygiene information to clients and carers using language and in a manner they can understand

3.1 Actively explain to clients and carers the importance of regular dental care to maintain quality of life
3.2 Recommend lifestyle changes where salivary flow may be diminished in consultation with dental professional
3.3 Provide appropriate information to clients and carers for healthy food habits that support oral health
3.4 Actively encourage clients and/or carers to clean teeth or dentures after meals
3.5 Appropriately involve carers who accompany clients in oral health promotion

4.1 Ensure all removable dentures are visibly marked with a residents identification
4.2 Record oral health in the resident’s personal care plan
4.3 Implement individual oral health programs in consultation with dental professional
4.4 Assist clients with special needs to clean their teeth
4.5 Assist clients and their carers to clean and maintain dentures

Details of Learning Activities

Face to face learning activities

· Facilitator led classroom based lecture and or workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
· Demonstration and classroom discussion
· Group discussions
· Written classroom tasks

Online weekly learning activities accessed on a via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard)

· Echo 360
· Online quizzes
· Case scenarios using ’Blackboard Journal’
· Collaborate
· Discussion forums

Teaching Schedule

As per Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (C4356 DHSV) timetable, located on myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

RMIT provides all students with an extension range of online and campus based study support services ranging from:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include case study, presentations, project work, third party report  and written work.

Assessment Tasks

To achieve a grade of CA (Competency achieved) for the unit HLTDA413B Implement an oral hygiene program
for older people, you are required to attend classes and assessments and obtain a pass result for all the
following theoretical and practical assessments that are used to measure elements, performance criteria,
essential knowledge and essential skills as outlined in the health training package.

Written Test.
This is a traditional timed (2 hour) written assessment, consisting of true and false, essays and multiple choice
answers. This will be conducted during Phase 5 / Week 1: Day 2

Field Project Presentation and residential client examination:
Students are to organise an ‘Oral Health’ presentation at an aged care facility of their choice.
The work experience is authenticated by a third party member of the aged care facility (Co-ordinator / Manager).
The student is also to conduct an case study examination and provide ‘Oral Health’ education to two (2)
residential clients of the aged care facility. This presentation and examination is to be conducted by Phase 5,
Week 7: Day 5

Written Project.
Case Study Report. Students are to submit a detailed report on the two (2) residences which were examined and
provided with ‘Oral Health’ education during their field project.  This detailed report is to be submitted by Phase 5,
Week 8: Day 5.

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses.
Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience.
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Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated
by the unit teacher. Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in the unit Assessment
overview. Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner.
More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab” . All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically
unless directed by the unit teacher.

Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography. Care must be taken to reference all work correctly
and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally. Students must keep a copy of all submitted
assessments including electronic copies.

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in an NYC (Not yet competent) or DNS
(Did not submit) for the unit HLTDA413B Implement an oral hygiene program for older people.  A NYC or DNS
result will be entered in the student record. This will result in non-completion of this unit of competence and
re-enrolment will be required incurring fees and a return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments
at the time of the re-enrolment.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Students are required to support the learning outcomes for Unit HLTDA413B Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
with work based experience and further self-managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit.

RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating.
It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person without appropriate referencing,
as though it is your own. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct,
cancellation of results and exclusion from your course.
Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the
coversheet (electronic or paper based), you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.

Special consideration
Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui (unresolved)  if they believe complete assessment for this unit by the
submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior
to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date.
The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

Special consideration online application - RMIT University:

RMIT assessment policies - RMIT University:  

Failure to complete any of the above listed tasks/assessments will result in NYC - Not Yet Competent result for unit
HLTDA413B Implement an oral hygiene program for older people. This will result in non-completion of the unit requiring
re-enrolment incurring fees, return to class work and completion of any relevant assessments at the time of the

The assessment result is final and a second opportunity for re-assessment will be NOT be provided unless the student has applied
for and been granted Special Consideration as per RMIT Assessment Policy;ID=od0oagg9uc111 (unresolved)  

Assessment Appeal Process
The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is
staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to
appeal, this is available on;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved)

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