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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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

Angie Ioannidis

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 individual.

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 TAFEDH010

Teaching Schedule

Jul 18th: Lecture - Diabetes & Thyroid

Aug 5th: Lecture - Heart Conditions

Aug 12th: Workshop/Lecture - Discussion on case study #1

Sept 13th: Online

Sept 20th: Workshop/Lecture

Sept 23rd: Lecture - Leukaemia & Asthma

Sept 27th: Lecture (AM) 

Oct 3rd: Clinic 

Oct 6th: Clinic Group A & B

Oct 10th: Clinic Group A & B 

Oct 11th: Oral Presentations 1/2 Group 

Oct 13th: Clinic Group A & B 

Oct 18th: Oral Presentations 1/2 Group 

Oct 19th: Clinic Group A & B 

Oct 20th: Clinic Group A & B 

Nov 4th: Written Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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


These units, which form Clinical Practice 3, focus on the skills 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.
  • Analyse, interpret a patients medical history and available health information to prevent and/or safely manage a medical emergency


Clinical Practice 3 is conducted in the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne (RDHM).


The assessment is composed of:

  1. Clinical practice with completion of logbook
  2. Oral presentation
  3. Written theory examination


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix can be located on Blackboard

Other Information

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