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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5824

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marcella Sabo

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


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


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


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

Learning Outcomes


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


Case studies workshops

Visit to a paediatric clinic to observe and write a reflective journal

Clinical experiences in the DHSV clinic with supervision

Teaching Schedule



<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Date of class<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">2015<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">TAFEDH026 Implement a dental hygiene program for children and adolescents<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Session topics<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">06 Mar<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">1.Online: Prescribed reading from the textbook ;Chapter questions to answer as a review<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Assessment and unit overviews posted<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">17 Mar<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">2. Theory class, Oral health of Australian children, the dental team and paediatric client<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Barriers and influences for health outcomes for the paediatric patient<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Consent<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Assess oral health, Develop an individualised dentalplan<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Assessment tasks issued and discussed<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">20 Mar<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">3. Online: case studies to analyse <o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">students to visit a Paedo clinic/school dental service to observe and write a reflective journal ( this task is part of the assignment)<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">14 Apr<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">4. Theory class, <o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Communication strategies for the paediatric patients and their parent/carer<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Evaluate treatment plan outcomes<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Case studies discussed<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">24 Apr<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">5. Colgate presentation: Bright smiles bright futures education program, kit issued to students<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">30 Apr<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Assessment: Oral presentation on case presentation from clinic or issued by teacher<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">30 April -12 June<o:p></o:p></font></font>

<font face="Calibri"><font size="3">Student to undertake clinical assessments on 2 patients via appointment using  criteria issued by the teacher<o:p></o:p></font></font>

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<o:p><font size="3" face="Calibri"> 18 May</font></o:p>

<o:p><font size="3" face="Calibri"> Assignment including reflective journal is due</font></o:p>

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include written and practical assessments tasks

Assessment Tasks

            There are 3  assessments that are required to be completed


1. Assignment including a reflective journal of a visit to a paediatric clinic Due 18 May

2. Oral presentation on a patient case or a case issued by the teacher 30 April

3. Clinical assessment via appointment for 2 patients  using a checklist provided by the teacher/assessor. 30 April -12 June via appointment

In the circumstance were a student cannot be provided with 2 patients from the DHSV clinic for clinical assessment, an oral assessment ( Viva Voce) on 2 cases will be provided by the teacher/assessor

Clinical assessment will be co-assessed with TAFEDH013, TAFEDH014, TAFEDh015,TAFEDH017, TAFEDH018

Assessment Matrix

Other Information



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to be made and this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.

In the circumstance were a student cannot be provided with 2 patients from the DHSV clinic for clinical assessment, an oral assessment ( Viva Voce) on 2 cases will be provided by the teacher/assessor

Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in all tasks to achieve Competence for this course

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Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.




student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the





<font size="3" face="58jkh"><font size="3" face="58jkh">application form (available </font></font><font color="#800080" size="3" face="58jkh"><font color="#800080" size="3" face="58jkh"><font color="#800080" size="3" face="58jkh"></font></font></font><font size="3" face="58jkh"><font size="3" face="58jkh">) at least 24 hours</font></font>


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before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 3 of Dental


Hospital. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.


• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special


consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48





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Note: Assignment will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.


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