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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

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Nominal Hours: 25

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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 colleagues
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 practice


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 patients
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

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


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment



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 (;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 ( (unresolved)).

Assessment Matrix

All summative assessments listed are compulsory for a successful outcome.

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