Course Title: Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: DENT5811

Course Title: Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Paulette Smith

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411403

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Nominal Hours: 100

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

HLTFA301B - Apply first aid
TAFEDH032 - Confirm physical health status
TAFEDH003 - Analyse oral status
TAFEDH005 – Examine, record and assess patient histories and dental records to formulate a dental hygiene treatment plan
TAFEDH010 - Research and evaluate patient dental and health history to prevent and/or manage emergencies

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the application of in-depth level of knowledge of medicine and pharmacology required to analyse, interpret and investigate a patient’s medical history and available health information in relation to dental hygiene practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH013 Interpret and analyse patient medical and drug history


1. Identify actions of administered drugs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the mechanisms of drug:
 absorption and distribution
 metabolism and excretion
1.2 Identify methods of drug administration and adverse reactions
1.3 Identify the impact of specific drugs on oral health management


2. Manage a dental patient on prophylactic (antibiotic) cover for dental treatment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify antibiotics commonly prescribed in dentistry and their action
2.2 Manage, question and monitor patient administration of antibiotics in accordance with clinic protocol and in communication with the supervising dentist
2.3 Modify the dental hygiene treatment plan to acknowledge implications of antibiotic cover


3. Manage the dental hygiene treatment of a patient taking prescribed, over-the-counter drugs or herbal medicines/remedies

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and classify drugs according to their action and the body system on which they act
3.2 Identify and manage possible drug side effects related to general and oral health
3.3 Accurately record all information obtained in clinical patient notes observing confidentiality and noting medical alert status if required


4. Manage the dental hygiene treatment of a medicated patient to minimise the risk to patient health

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and implement risk reduction strategies in managing a medicated patient
4.2 Identify and implement risk reduction strategies in recommending or administering pharmaceutical or chemotherapeutic products
4.3 Accurately record all information regarding drug related advice given complying to legislation, clinic policy and risk management principles

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you have developed an in-depth level of knowledge of medicine and pharmacology required to analyse, interpret and investigate a patient’s medical history and available health information in relation to dental hygiene practice.

Details of Learning Activities

Includes a combination of some or all of the following; class attendance and participation, individual or group project work, e-learning, self-directed learning, Blackboard pre-reading, clinical practice.
Online activities are strongly encouraged to prepare for, support and extend learning.

Teaching Schedule

A final schedule will be issued by the teacher at the commencement of the course (unit).
Timetable will indicate face-to-face and on-line activities and how these address learning elements.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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Overview of Assessment



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Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene).
Training is mapped to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist” and the Dental Board of Australia “Scope of Practice”.
Students must abide by the 2012 “ADA Guidelines for Infection Control Second Edition”, 2010 NHMRC “Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare” and Worksafe Victoria “Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007”.
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken. Please refer to definition of Vocational Competency (;ID=xjog855ryrtq;STATUS=A;SECTION=3;PAGE_AUTHOR=Penny%20Mercer).
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation. Assessment will also be undertaken replicating workplace conditions (as far as possible), and where relevant undertaken in the clinical setting. Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
The RMIT assessment policy outlines your responsibilities as a RMIT student as well as those of your teachers ( (unresolved)).

Assessment Matrix

All summative assessments listed are compulsory for a successful outcome.

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