Course Title: Implement an oral health promotion program

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4320 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Implement an oral health promotion program

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 120

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2013,
Term1 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide an oral health promotion program

This unit acknowledges that dental diseases are the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide and that oral disease impacts on a person’s everyday life causing pain and disability and influencing eating, sleeping and social roles

All procedures are carried out in accordance with occupational health and safety policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australia/New Zealand Standards, state/territory legislative requirements and organisation policy

This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting general well-being through the promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Not Applicable

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA414B Implement an oral health promotion program


1. Deliver an oral health promotion program

2. Develop oral health promotion strategies for a target group

3. Integrate oral health promotion with targeted National Health Priorities

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Identify the target group and appropriate teaching and learning styles to effectively communicate an oral health promotion program
1.2 Prioritise the oral health issues fore the target group and the potential foe effective interventions
1.3 Prepare oral health promotion materials suitable for use across age groups
1.4 Ensure flexibility of delivery of oral health promotion taking into account the target group’s location, economic and physical circumstances, language, culture and communication needs
1.5 Actively involve community groups in health decision making and setting of oral health promotion priorities
1.6 Implement a review strategy to determine the effectiveness of the oral health promotion program

2.1 Provide information on the causes of oral diseases to a target group appropriately and completely using language that can be easily understood
2.2 Provide information on the prevention of oral diseases appropriately and completely using language that can be easily understood
2.3 Develop and give appropriate information on acids and fermentable carbohydrates in a manner that can be easily understood
2.4 Involve the target group in a review of current dietary habits and the development of an approach to healthy eating which improves general and oral health
2.5 Provide information appropriately on dentally healthy lifestyle and behavioural change
2.6 Provide an appropriate environment for the target group to ask questions and become involved in oral health

3.1 Work collaboratively with other health care workers in a culturally sensitive and competent manner to address risk factors that oral diseases have in common with other diseases
3.2 Personalise the delivery of health information so that it is immediately relevant to the individual and the consequences of behaviour

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include oral presentation, written work, written tests, practical tasks and patient logbook.