Course Title: Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: DENT5841C

Course Title: Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 54837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Pam Maher

+61 3 9925 4299

Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

  This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond appropriately to signs and symptoms that may indicate a potential for oral health issues in clients

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues


1. Identify variations in client behaviour

1.1 Identify client behaviour and habits that may indicate oral health issues or associated pain or discomfort

1.2 Observe, listen for self-reports and question client and/or carer or other relevant people as required to determine whether the client is experiencing any pain or discomfort that may be associated with oral health issues

1.3 Take into account contributing factors that may produce variation from normal behaviour


2. Undertake basic visual oral check and questioning

2.1 Obtain consent from the client or substitute decision maker to conduct basic visual oral check and questioning

2.2 Ensure comfort of client by developing trust and rapport and working in an appropriate environment and at an optimal time

2.3 Ensure client is in a position which provides access to the mouth seeking their assistance to open their own mouth limiting contact inside the mouth

2.4 Provide support for client's head or chin if necessary to enhance visual access without creating discomfort for the client

2.5 Perform basic visual oral check in line with legislative requirements , organisation guidelines , policies and procedures and within own work role

2.6 Ensure visual check is conducted in accordance with standard precautions

2.7 Identify signs and symptoms of potential oral health issues that may indicate variation from normal and actively listen to and be aware of self-reports



3. Follow up and promote ongoing oral health care

3.1 Complete reporting processes, using information from client and/or carer or other relevant people as well as own observations in relation to potential oral health issues

3.2 Discuss potential oral health issues with client and/or relevant others in line with organisation policies and procedures and respecting client priorities and choices

3.3 Take appropriate action within work role, including discussing with supervisor in consultation with client

3.4 Provide client with information relevant to promoting and maintaining good oral health using appropriate communication strategies

3.5 Support clients to take a self-care approach to oral health in line with individual needs where possible

3.6 Identify and address key barriers to management or self-management of oral health

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify variations in client behaviour
  2. Undertake basic visual oral check and questioning
  3. Follow up and promote ongoing health care

Details of Learning Activities




Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1  Halitosis presentation

Lesson 2  Oral Education Needs for Aged

Lesson 3  Oral Lichen Planus

Lab 1, 2 & 3. Practical skills

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Full resources listed in Blackboard in Central Courses - Oral Health

Overview of Assessment

The following assessments are required to be completed:

  1. Case studies/Written assessment
  2. Practical assessment
  3. Clinical placement

An formative assessment of online quizzes is also required to be completed by the learner to enable them to complete the assessment tasks Satisfactorily

Assessment Tasks

Written Quizzes during Oral practical classes.

Practical test on Oral assessment

Assessment Matrix

See Blackboard

Other Information

Re-submission of Written work, or other assessments , (once only. Excluding Exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval by Program Coordinator.


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