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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

Caitlin Wainrib

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

Theory classes and workshops

Prescribed reading

Case studies to consider and then discussed with facilitator

Clinical sessions under supervision co-delivered with TAFEDH006/TAFEDH010

Teaching Schedule



TAFEDH031 Design, conduct and evaluate an oral health plan                                                                                                                           Teacher: Caitlin Wainrib

Date of class


Session topics


Tuesday 8th September


Introduction to subject

Revision of social determinants/Contextualisation- Ottawa Charter & Jakarta Declaration

Risk assessment/identification & analysis of clinical information

Allied Health Approach, Referrals & Target Groups

Oral heath template posted on blackboard


Clinic sessions from 10th September to 26th October

Clinic groups

Clinical experiences as per timetable with TAFEDH006 and 010 in DHSV clinic

Evidence checklist commences on 10th September (requirement will be evidence of 3 patients demonstrating implementation of oral health care plan and evaluation. DUE 26th October) Checklist is located on blackboard


Monday 14th September


Related journal article reviews (to review at next class)

Pre-reading for next class- Case study 1


Wednesday 30th September


case study 2


Monday 5th Oct


Review online case studies

Case study workshop 1- Student driven

Case study 3&4 discussion


Friday 16th Oct


Issue Case studies 5 &6 for class preparation 19th Oct



Monday 19th Oct



Case study workshop 2 Case Study 5&6 and exam preparation


Monday 26th October

By group appointment




Monday 9th November









Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete book list will be provided during Orientation and available on Blackboard  


Other Resources

Learning materials and readings can be accessed via the unit shell in Blackboard.

Case studies for class preparation are available in unit shell in blackboard

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks


There are 2 assessments for this unit:
1. Clinical assessment co-assessed with TAFEDH006 and TAFEDH010

2. Theory exam based on case studies 

All elements of the unit must be demonstrated in both the theory and clinical assessments .

Note: The Pass mark for the exam is 60%.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information


RMIT University requires that you present YOUR work for assessment. Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalities can include charges of acedemic 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 to submit your learning guides and assessments.

Special consideration:

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website

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.

RMIT assessment policies - Refer to myRMIT for further details

Assessment Appeal Process:
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