Course Title: Implement a dental hygiene program for children and adolescents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: DENT5824

Course Title: Implement a dental hygiene program for children and adolescents

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eleanor Schroeder - 93411412

Nominal Hours: 25

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

HLTAMBFC301B - Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care
TAFEDH012 - Apply reflective practice and critical thinking and analysis in dental health
HLTPOP502B - Work with the community to identify health needs

Course Description

This unit addresses the principles of pediatric dentistry, developing existing skills to enable the dental hygienist to provide patient centred, evidence-based dental hygiene care to children and adolescent clients.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH026 Implement a dental hygiene program for children and adolescents


1. Work as part of the dental team for the patient in the pediatric environment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Contribute appropriately to the role of the dental team in
managing oral health needs of paediatric patients
1.2 Contribute to achieving effective team work and
supportive group dynamics when working with dental

1.3 Establish appropriate relationships with other members
of the dental team
1.4 Incorporate the philosophical framework for managing
care for the paediatric patient into own dental hygiene


2. Address the specific oral health needs of the pediatric patient

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Perform dental hygiene assessment of the paediatric
patient in consultation/collaboration with the patient
and/or parent or guardian
2.2 Adhering to the principles of informed consent, discuss
the treatment with the patient and their parent or
guardian and 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
2.3 Identify signs and symptoms of variations from normal
oral health status in paediatric patients
2.4 Identify risk factors, both present and potential, which
may adversely affect the oral health status of paediatric
2.5 Communicate effectively with paediatric patients, family
and dental team members
2.6 Provide appropriate, evidence-based client centred care
in the paediatric environment


3. Contribute to the treatment plan for the pediatric patient

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Accurately use contemporary oral health assessment
tools appropriate for the paediatric patient
3.2 Use a problem solving framework to plan appropriate
paediatric care and consult/collaborate with the
supervising dentist as required
3.4 Develop an individualised dental hygiene treatment plan
for the paediatric patient
3.5 Ensure the dental hygiene treatment plan addresses
physical changes and developmental and psychosocial
needs of the paediatric patient
3.6 Incorporate oral health education and instruction with
consideration to child and adolescent development


4. Perform dental hygiene procedures appropriate to the care of the pediatric patient

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Practise contemporary dental hygiene procedures for
the paediatric patient and consult/collaborate with
supervising dentist as required
4.2 Implement individualised dental hygiene care plans for
paediatric patients with anticipatory guidance from
parent or guardian


5. Assist in evaluating outcomes of dental hygiene treatment plans for the pediatric patient

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Monitor patient response to dental hygiene procedures
and progress toward planned goals, and document
these findings in patient records
5.2 Initiate appropriate first aid/emergency treatment in
response to adverse reactions or complications
5.3 Recognise and refer present and potential clinical issues
in paediatric patients outside the scope of dental
hygiene practice to the supervising dentist

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed an understanding of the principles of pediatric dentistry, developing existing skills to enable the dental hygienist to provide patient centred, evidence-based dental hygiene care to children and adolescent clients.

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 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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