Competency Codes HLTOCH005
Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria — most of them harmless.
Normally the body’s natural defences and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Good oral health is an integral part of good general health. It is essential to being able to participate in daily activities without limitation, or without physical or psychological discomfort as a result of poor oral health. Dental diseases impose both financial and social burdens as treatment is costly and both children and adults may be absent from school or work because of dental pain.
The Oral and Dental Health Program is designed to provide Nurses, Indigenous Healthcare Workers and Allied Health Professionals with the skills and knowledge to assess and manage the oral health of clients in a diverse range of clinical settings.
The program is evidence-based and the techniques taught are designed to promote best practice outcomes for patient care. At the successful completion of the program, students will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment.
On successful completion of the program, students will be issued with a Nationally Accredited Statement of Attainment incorporating all three units of competency.
This program is targeted towards Registered and Enrolled Nurses, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker or Practitioner, Personal Care Attendants and Allied Health Care Workers.
The included competency is HLTOHC005 – Use basic oral health screening tools.
Onsite Course Delivery
Due to the specialist nature of this program and the need to provide specialist facilitation, this program can only be booked as a private onsite program.
The cost includes delivery for a group of a minimum of 12 students including the provision of equipment and assessment and excludes venue and catering.
Onsite courses offer organisations the opportunity to book and schedule courses to meet the specific needs of their own staff. Onsite courses booked with The Benchmarque Group can be contextualised to meet the specific needs of your organisation and can be scheduled for a date and time to best suit your staff.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much does the program cost?
The Dental Health Program costs $465.00 per student.
What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?
Continuing professional development is the means by which members of the clinical profession maintain, improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.
The CPD cycle involves reviewing practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities, and reflecting on the value of those activities.
How many CPD hours/points will I achieve for completing this Program?
8 CPD Hours.
For Registered and Enrolled Nurses and Midwives, our recommendation, based on previous student experience for this course is approximately 8 CPD Hours.
For all other health professionals completing this program, your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements may vary and it is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. In many instances, your regulatory authority will recognise hours of learning as stated above.
What do I receive at the completion of the program?
At the completion of the program, successful students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for the Oral and Dental Health Program.
A nationally recognised Statement of Attainment lists the individual unit or units of competency that a student has completed. It is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
How do you gain evidence of competency?
We assess competency in 3 ways.
During the face to face workshop, you will be required to complete a number of practical skills demonstrations. These will be assessed during the workshop by the endorsed facilitator.
You are required to complete the written assessment portfolio and submit it to The Benchmarque Group
You are required to undertake observed practice in your workplace.
What is observed practice?
Observed practice is when a student demonstrates within their workplace, skills and knowledge learned as a part of a course or program. The observer’s role is to confirm the transfer of skills to the workplace not to assess competency.
As a Registered Training Organisation, we are required to gather evidence of a student’s ability to transfer skills and knowledge from the classroom environment to the work environment. We use workplace observation as evidence of this transfer.
Do I need a doctor to observe my practice?
No. Whilst a doctor would be an ideal observer, the requirement is that your observer is of equal qualification to you or above. For example, an enrolled nurse cannot observe the work of a registered nurse, but an enrolled nurse can observe the work of another enrolled nurse. This is why we refer to this process as peer observation.
How long does the assessment take?
If you commence your assessment immediately after reading the materials or having just completed your face to face workshop, it should take you no more than 4 hours to complete.
How long do I have to complete the assessment?
We encourage you to complete your assessment within 12 weeks of completing your workshop, however, you have up to 12 months to submit it. During this time, we will send you some friendly reminders.