Unit Descriptor:

This elective unit deals with the knowledge, skills, judgments, values and attitudes needed to provide dental hygiene supportive services to patients who have special needs, in collaboration with special needs carers as indicated.

The purpose of this unit is to build on to the competencies already developed in the core units and apply these with a flexible, supportive, empathetic, insightful and adaptable approach that will foster the provision of complementary oral health care in a challenging oral health environment.

Oral health care support is provided under direction and according to the particular guidelines, policies and procedures of a health service or setting. Optimum oral health care is delivered with respect to the goals, values, beliefs and preferences of the patient.

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:

                • TAFEDH015 - Manage patients with simple to complex dental hygiene treatment needs
                • TAFEDH025 - Provide dental hygiene care for individuals with special 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:
                        35 Hours