Course Title: Design, conduct and evaluate an oral health plan

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: DENT5810

Course Title: Design, conduct and evaluate an oral health plan

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Sue Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 20

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

HLTIN301A – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
HLTHIR403B – Work effectively with culturally diverse patients, customers and co-workers
TAFEDH005 - Examine, record and assess patient histories and dental records to formulate a dental hygiene treatment plan

Co-Delivered with: TAFEDH010 - Research and Evaluate Patients 

Course Description

This unit provides the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to design, implement and evaluate an individual or community oral health promotion program that addresses oral health needs with empathy and insight into behavioral, cultural, socio-economic, environmental and genetic risk factors.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH031 Design, conduct and evaluate an oral health plan


1. Perform a task analysis to identify health and related oral health issues of an individual and/or community group

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Conduct a series of investigations and risk assessment
tasks to elicit any cultural, genetic, environmental or
socio-economic risk factors that determine the health
needs, and consequently the related oral health needs
of the individual and/or community group.
1.2 Perform an analysis of the collected data to assist with
the recognition of oral health related issues pertaining to
an individual and/or community group with an insightful
approach to evidence based quality of care.
1.3 Demonstrate effective and empathetic interpersonal
communication skills in the data collection and task
analysis stage.
1.4 Socially inclusive communication skills are used at all
times and demonstrated behaviours encourage a
supportive environment that is conducive to establishing
collaborative relationships.
1.5 Seek clarification of issues from other allied health care
or social workers that the individual and/or group may
be associated with.
1.6 Where data is collected in a clinical setting the surgery
is prepared to cater for any predetermined special
needs of the patient.
1.7 The individual and/or group are given the opportunity to
express their concerns, perceptions and requests.
1.8 All task analysis procedures are conducted according to
Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare policy and
procedures and Infection Control policy and procedures.


2. Design a comprehensive oral health program that meets the specific oral health needs of an individual and/or community group.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant records are reviewed to eliminate any
contradictions to proposed oral health strategies
including nutritional and dietary advice, with regard to
cultural, socio-economic and/or medical issues.
2.2 The content of the oral health program, with relation to
policies, strategies and educational methodologies, are
designed and developed to target the special needs of
the individual and/or community group with an evidence
based quality of care approach.
2.3 The individual and/or community group is consulted at
all times to contribute in an active way to the decision
making process.
2.4 The oral health program must be designed against a
realistic timeframe and take into account the essential
periodic re-evaluation of the individual’s and/or
community group’s progress.
2.5 Realistic goals must be customised, designed and set to
encourage the individual’s and/or community group’s
level of motivation and self-responsibility towards
embracing positive oral health behaviours within their
present capabilities and capacities.


3. Implement and evaluate an oral health program designed to meet the needs of an individual and/or community group.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Effective interpersonal and group skills are utilised to
effectively deliver an oral health program.
3.2 Information is delivered at a pace and style that will
stimulate and support learning and understanding of the
key concepts.
3.3 Content and scenarios used relate specifically to the
needs, goals and values of the targeted group and/or
3.4 Individuals are given regular opportunity to actively
participate and clarify information.
3.5 Effective questioning techniques are used to evaluate
comprehension and retention levels.
3.6 Correct instructions are given for the use of specific oral
hygiene aids, and any safety precautions associated
with the use of these are clearly given.
3.7 Regular review sessions utilising a variety of evaluation
methodologies are implemented and feedback received
is used to adjust or modifying program as appropriate.
3.8 Oral health techniques and attitudes adopted by the
individual and/or group are regularly evaluated and
modifications made where necessary, as an avenue of
providing ongoing maintenance and review.
3.9 Methodologies used encourage the individual and /or
group’s desire to adopt a sense of responsibility for their
own oral health.
3.10 Methodologies and strategies are adjusted based on
evaluative feedback, to meet the individual and/or
groups needs and preferences, to support positive
learning experiences.
3.11 Cultural sensitivity is executed at all times.
3.12 The oral health program is conducted according to the
principles of Occupational Health Safety and Welfare
and Infection Control Guidelines and quality assured
work practices.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to design, implement and evaluate an individual or community oral health promotion program that addresses oral health needs with empathy and insight into behavioral, cultural, socio-economic, environmental and genetic risk factors.

Details of Learning Activities

Includes a combination of some or all of the following, Class attendance and participation, individual or group project work, e-learning, self-directed learning, Blackboard collaborate.

Teaching Schedule

Timetable to be issued in February

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include Clinical practice with completion of logbook, oral presentation and written theory examination 

Assessment Tasks

Overview of assessment
Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental hygiene)
Refer to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 document “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist for additional information”
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Matrix

Oral presentation (individual or group) 30%

Written report 70%

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