Course Title: Implement an oral health promotion program

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2018

Class Number: All

Class Section: All

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Course Code: DENT5877C

Course Title: Implement an oral health promotion program

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4385 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Contact: Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager:

Ms. Rachael Starr

9341 1420





Ms. Eleanor Schroeder

Vocational Educator

3941 1412

Nominal Hours: 130

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Provide an oral health promotion program.

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN011 Implement an oral health promotion program


1. Deliver an oral health promotion program

Performance Criteria:

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 for the target group and the potential for 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 in setting oral health promotion priorities 1.6 Implement a review strategy to determine the effectiveness of the oral health promotion program


2. Develop oral health promotion strategies for a target group

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Provide information on the causes of oral diseases to an identified 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 a 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. Integrate oral health promotion with targeted National Health Priorities

Performance Criteria:

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 clarifies the consequences of behaviour

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to;

  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

Details of Learning Activities

A combination of learning activities have been designed to help students to achieve learning outcomes of this unit:

  • Facilitator led classroom based lecture and workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
  • Classroom written tasks
  • Facilitator led practical demonstration
  • Facilitator led group discussion
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace case studies.
  • Supported clinical practice.
  • Formative structured study tasks accessed via CANVAS Learning Management System. (myRMIT Studies)
  • Guest Presentations

Teaching Schedule

As per Timetable

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through CANVAS.

CANVAS is an online resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within CANVAS are the session lessons plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency.

Additional materials maybe provided in class and lists of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.


Overview of Assessment

There must be evidence that the candidate has:

developed 1 oral health program for a specific target group within the community, including:

  • identifying the target group and key concerns
  • developing specific promotion strategies and resources to reach the target group
  • integrating promotion with targeted National Health Priorities

facilitated discussion with 10 people on oral health care including:

  • causes and prevention of oral diseases -
  • dietary habits and the impact of healthy eating on oral health -
  • behavioural change for improved oral health.

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency.

Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Tasks

Health Promotion Plan Assessment

Health Promotion Final Project

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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