Course Title: Work with the community to identify health needs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5735C

Course Title: Work with the community to identify health needs

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

Eleanor Schroeder - 93411412

Nominal Hours: 50

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


Course Description

This unit develops the skills necessary to assist particular populations/subgroups of interest/ communities to define and assess their health needs.
It develops the ability to carefully work with them to examine the problem being targeted and to understand how and why it occurs
The results from the needs assessment guides the design, planning and evaluation of population health projects or interventions.
There are two stages in health needs assessment:
• The first relates to the task of identifying and prioritising health problems
• The second relates to translating these national goals into concrete action within local communities
The first stage of needs assessment often lies in the hands of health policy makers and population health professionals
Results of this stage are documented in policy papers or legislation detailing national, state or local health goals and the mobilisation of allocated funds
Recognising that community is the centre of gravity for the promotion of health, the second stage ensures the relevance and appropriateness of programs and offers members of the community a chance to engage in the planning process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTPOP502C Work with the community to identify health needs


1. Conduct a literature review

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clearly identify health problem and target group being addressed
1.2 Identify and access relevant sources of data
1.3 Use the literature review to reveal the established causes of the health problem, other intervention programs that have been conducted to address the health problem and general information about the target group
1.4 Critically appraise information accessed through literature review in terms of reliability and applicability


2. Collect other relevant data to further define target group

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify relevant types of data required to further define target group
2.2 Collect required data that cannot be obtained through a literature search, according to organisation procedures and ethical considerations
2.3 Document description of target group in a manner that would provide sufficient information for purposes of evaluation and for examination of those considering duplicating interventions


3. Investigate the health problem as it occurs and is perceived within the community

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify appropriate means of consulting the target group regarding the health problem, its causes and appropriate interventions/solutions
3.2 Implement means of consultation with target group and experts using allocated resources and according to organisation procedures and ethical considerations
3.3 Document results of consultation in a manner useful to planning, evaluating and duplicating interventions and according to organisation procedures and ethical considerations


4. Work with the community to identify and define their health needs

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clearly identify factors contributing to the health problem on the basis of findings from the literature review and other data collected and discuss with the community
4.2 Sort out, in a logical manner, factors that identify causal pathways defining health needs and discuss with the community
4.3 Recommend activities that would build the capacity of the community to identify their health needs to relevant stakeholders

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills necessary to assist particular populations/subgroups of interest/ communities to define and assess their health needs. It develops the ability to carefully work with them to examine the problem being targeted and to understand how and why it occurs.


Details of Learning Activities

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.
role-play/simulation, Pre-Clinical and clinical practice in the simulation lab / undergraduate teaching clinic
Learning Outcomes : To be able to practice effectively as a Professional Dental Hygienist, according to the guidelines and within your scope of practice

Teaching Schedule

Timetable to be issued

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include a Literature review, oral presentation and Group Project.

Assessment Tasks

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.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Matrix

Overview of assessment
May include:
Observation in the work place with questioning to address
appropriate application of knowledge
• written assignments/projects/exam
• case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
• questioning – verbal and written
• completion of clinical log book
70% Pass mark

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