Course Title: Provide dental hygiene care for individuals with special needs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: DENT5823

Course Title: Provide dental hygiene care for individuals with special needs

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Paulette Smith

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411403

Course Contact Email:paulette.smith@rmit.edu.au


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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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

TAFEDH032 - Confirm physical health status
TAFEDH003 - Analyse oral status
TAFEDH010 - Research and evaluate patient dental and health history to prevent and/or manage emergencies
TAFEDH012 - Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in dental health
TAFEDH013 - Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history
 

Course Description

This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge required by the dental hygienist to manage individuals/groups with specials needs to improve and maintain their oral health.
It focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist in the dental team, with medical and allied health practitioners for the management of a patient with special dental needs within the community and/or private/public dental facilities.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH025 Provide dental hygiene care for individuals with special needs

Element:

1. Work in collaboration with dental, medical and allied health practitioners to identify the dental needs of those patient’s with special needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Communicate with key dental/medical/health practitioners within the (specific) dental and allied health teams to identify a collaborative approach to dental and health issues
1.2 Contribute and work effectively with dental, medical and allied health team(s) to support group dynamics for dental and patient centred health care identified for the special needs dental patient
1.3 Apply investigation and critical analysis to record and identify dental and health risks for the patient with special needs
1.4 Practise dental hygiene treatment skills in accordance with the legislative requirements
1.5 Identify the contributions of emergency service personnel, referring agencies, hospital and community team staff and community support groups to the care needs of dental patient(s) with special needs

Element:

2. Plan appropriate dental hygiene care for the dental patient with special needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Adhering to the principles of informed consent, discuss the treatment with the patient and carer, provide opportunity to clarify issues, inform of possible treatment outcomes resulting from any planned treatment. Consent and acceptance of the hygiene treatment plan is confirmed
2.2 Accurately perform oral health assessment and examination criteria, including plaque pH and saliva testing kits to determine a dental hygiene treatment plan for best practice oral disease prevention and therapeutic intervention
2.3 Apply reflective analysis and critical thinking to undertake a dental risk assessment
2.4 In consultation/collaboration with dental and specific medical health practitioners identify and consider polypharmacy with respect to oral health and/or management implications for the special needs dental patient
2.5 In consultation/collaboration with dental and/or specific medical health practitioners identify and consider medical and/or systemic conditions with respect to oral health and/or management implications for the special needs dental patient
2.6 Establish and use a database of resource personnel to assist in care and management of the dental patient with identified special needs
2.7 In consultation/collaboration with the dental and specific allied health practitioners, recognise and understand a range of preventive and therapeutic oral and health interventions available in planning appropriate dental hygiene management strategies
2.8 In consultation/collaboration with the dental patient and the dental/health care practitioners, develop an individualised dental hygiene treatment plan for the patient with special dental needs
2.9 Refer to and analyse collected oral health data and assessment tool findings to determine individualised dental health education and oral hygiene instruction required to address the individual needs of the patient with special needs
2.10 In consultation/collaboration with dental and specific medical health practitioners identify referral pathways for specialised dental/medical services outside the scope of dental hygiene practice

Element:

3. Work as part of the dental and allied health team(s) to provide preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene care to patients with special needs

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Incorporate an understanding of dental anatomy and physiology, medicine and pharmacology, pathology and oral pathology when providing preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene care for the identified dental patient with special needs
3.2 Plan for and prepare dental equipment and materials/medicaments to suit the individual needs of the dental patient and the dental/health care setting
3.3 Recognise and respond to identified medical health alert status in communication with dental/medical practitioners
3.4 Implement dental hygiene treatment skills in accordance with legal, professional, ethical and organisation requirements
3.5 Provide and apply dental hygiene treatment skills as noted in the individualized dental hygiene treatment plan
3.6 Communicate effectively to inform, educate and provide instruction to the dental patient and/or family members/carer/guardian with relation to oral health condition, specific oral and general health needs in promotion of optimal oral health
3.7 Communicate and collaborate with medical/dental/allied health care practitioners during the dental hygiene course of treatment
3.8 Report accurate data entry and notes of examination findings and sequential treatment provision and outcomes in the dental patient‟s case file

Element:

4. Evaluate the outcomes of dental hygiene treatment for the dental patient with special needs

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Manage, monitor and apply reflective practice to dental hygiene treatment plan outcomes and patient dental health education and oral hygiene goals
4.2 Communicate/collaborate treatment outcomes with medical/dental and allied health practitioners
4.3 Report and note required/situational changes to planned treatment/goals/outcomes during or post treatment to medical/dental and allied health practitioners
4.4 Communicate and collaborate with the dental patient, dental/medical and allied health practitioners proposed changes to treatment and management based on outcomes


Learning Outcomes


On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required by the dental hygienist to manage individuals/groups with specials needs to improve and maintain their oral health.
 


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 pre-reading, clinical practice.
Online activities are strongly encouraged to prepare for, support and extend learning.
 


Teaching Schedule

A final schedule will be issued by the teacher at the commencement of the course (unit).
Timetable will indicate face-to-face and on-line activities and how these address learning elements.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Written.

Clnical.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene).
Training is mapped to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist” and the Dental Board of Australia “Scope of Practice”.
Students must abide by the 2012 “ADA Guidelines for Infection Control Second Edition”, 2010 NHMRC “Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare” and Worksafe Victoria “Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007”.
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. Please refer to definition of Vocational Competency (http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=xjog855ryrtq;STATUS=A;SECTION=3;PAGE_AUTHOR=Penny%20Mercer).
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation. Assessment will also be undertaken replicating workplace conditions (as far as possible), and where relevant undertaken in the clinical setting. 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.
The RMIT assessment policy outlines your responsibilities as a RMIT student as well as those of your teachers (http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse%3BID%3Dm7g4l18jk1bpz (unresolved)).


Assessment Matrix

All summative assessments listed are compulsory for a successful outcome.
 

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