Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: DENT5210C

Course Title: Take a clinical photograph

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 9341 1412

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA417A Take a clinical photograph


1. Interpret the request for photography

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Make accessible in the clean zone of the surgery the client's necessary charts and records
1.2 Provide full details of the procedure to the client and/or carer
1.3 Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements
1.4 Prepare accessories for intraoral photography
1.5 Prepare personal protective equipment for the client and members of the dental team


2. Prepare to take the photograph

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Compose the image so that the most important aspects are in the centre of the photograph
2.2 Orientate the image so that subsequent photos are reproducible
2.3 Ensure there is no calculus or plaque deposits on the teeth before the image is taken
2.4 Locate the image source to be photographed appropriately in the depth of field so that the photograph is in complete focus
2.5 Check the viewfinder to ensure there are no obstructions to the image


3. Take basic intraoral views in a standardised approach

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Position the client so that conditions for photography are reproducible
3.2 Stand in a stable position for standard intraoral views which is reproducible for all photographs
3.3 Select the magnification ratio according to the desired frame and focus
3.4 Frame the image and ensure positioning of retractors and mirrors is correct
3.5 Use appropriate lighting so that the image is not overexposed


4. Take a portrait and profile photograph

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the purpose of the photograph to the client
4.2 Choose the background colour and texture so that a full assessment of the profile can be made
4.3 Follow guidelines to position the camera and the client to ensure reproducible results
4.4 Use a vertical format to completely fill the frame
4.5 Take standard dental portrait views that ensure images can be reproduced

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills and knowledge required to take a clinical dental photograph under conditions that can be reproduced.

Details of Learning Activities

Activities will include lectures, practical demonstrations, online learning, pre clinical and clinical activities

Teaching Schedule

July 6th amLecture: Theory and methods of clinical photography
Assessment overview.Pre-class reading task reviewed,
•Medico-legal issues/consent
•Infection control
Pre reading task completed
6th pmGroup A only Practical activity student to student : using a clinic type camera, using retractors /peer critique 
8th pmGroup B only Practical activity student to student : using a clinic type camera, using retractors /peer critique 
9thPractical activity student to student sessions in the DHSV clinic: using the clinic camera, recording/ using retractors /peer critique
All day sessions for student rotation through 8 chairs co- delivered with TAFEDH005
Formative feedback from supervisor
16thAs for 9thAs above
23rdAs for 9thAs above
30thAs for 9thAs above
August 6thAs for 9thAs above
27thPortfolio of clinical photos for two peoplePortfolio due

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Complete booklist available on Blackboard


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will include a written task and a portfolio of photographs

Assessment Tasks

The assessmet for this course is the submission of a portfolio of clinical photographs of two patients. Due 27th August.

Formative assessment will include feedback on critique of photographs provided.

Assessment Matrix

Available on Blackboard

Other Information

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

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available at least 24 hours 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 - 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 hours of the scheduled time of examination or assessment

Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.

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