Course Title: Recognise and respond to oral health issues

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5365 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Recognise and respond to oral health issues

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2017,
Term2 2017


Bundoora Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term1 2017,
Term2 2017

Course Contact: Jaye Keating

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4845

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

 This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify variations and recognise oral health issues through a visual check, observation of patient behaviour and habits, signs and symptoms and physical condition of patients. This enables the candidate to respond appropriately to the clinical findings to initiate follow up oral health care.


This unit applies to workers in a range of health and community services environments where their work role requires them to recognise and respond to oral health issues.


The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards for maintaining infection control, and industry codes of practice.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues


1. Identify variations in patient behaviour and habits

2. Undertake basic visual oral check and questioning

3. Follow up and promote ongoing oral health care

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements


Overview of Assessment

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage

tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • performed a visual oral health check on 5 patients, including:
  • identified any signs and symptoms related to oral health care issues
  • gathered relevant information from visual check and questioning to initiate appropriate follow up oral health care
  • used appropriate manual handling techniques when working with patients with special care needs or mental health condition



Assessment: Task 1

Case studies

Assessment: Task 2

Practical Simulation in RMIT clinical lab

Assessment: Task 3

Clinical placement


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.