Unit Descriptor:

This unit deals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by a dental hygienist to work in orthodontic practice and perform procedures that are prescribed by an orthodontist and comply with national dental hygiene legislated regulations of practice.

Occupational health, safety and welfare practices and infection control procedures and policy are adhered to at all times.  All procedures are performed adhering to the principles of informed consent with operator and patient safety and comfort maintained and ensured at all times.

Application of the Unit:

The knowledge and skills described in this competency unit are to be applied within the National Law - dental hygiene regulatory and legislative requirements.

Dental hygiene work is to be carried out in consultation/collaboration with the dentist and other support dental staff in line with jurisdictional regulatory requirements.

Prerequisite Units
This unit should be assessed after achievement of the following related competency units:

          • HLTIN403B - Implement and monitor infection control policies and procedures
          • TAFEDH015 - Manage patients with simple to moderate dental hygiene treatment needs

                The unit should also be assessed in conjunction with competency unit(s) related to planning/delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene).

                Employability Skills:

                The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of Employability Skills.

                The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit of competency is packaged will assist in identifying Employability Skill requirements.

                Nominal Hours:
                40 Hours