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Certificates III and IV in Dental Assisting: Draft 2 Validation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Packaging Rules of two Dental Assisting Qualifications and two Skill Sets; to update fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care Units of Competency; and to develop three new Units of Competency, to align to the changing duties of existing and future job roles of all dental support staff, including dental assistants.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Packaging Rules of two Dental Assisting Qualifications and two Skill Sets; to update fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care Units of Competency; and to develop three new Units of Competency, to align to the changing duties of existing and future job roles of all dental support staff, including dental assistants.


Background

The aim of the proposed updates is to ensure that the dental health sector and associated sectors (i.e. education, community services, etc.) are supported by a high-quality trained and skilled dental assisting workforce. Facilitating access to training in these specialist areas will support dental practices in improving efficiencies in operations, and also maximise patient health and safety in the delivery of all dental services.

The following key areas have been considered during the Training Package update process:

  • Simultaneous updates – Both qualifications have been updated simultaneously to ensure consistency in the update process and to further ensure that final outcomes are suitable and fit for purpose.
  • Orthodontic dental assistance – There has been an increase in demand for orthodontic dental services where dental assistants are involved in supporting orthodontic procedures.
  • Assisting in implant and surgical dental procedures – An increase in specialist services such as dental implants, oral surgery and oral maxillofacial surgery has resulted in additional duties for the dental assisting job roles in supporting these specialist procedures.
  • To inform the update of two Dental Assisting Qualifications and two Skill Sets; fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care Units of Competency; and to develop three new Units of Competency, a Dental Assisting Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed comprised of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia. Formation of the TAC informed the identification and validation of the exact nature of the skills needs and knowledge requirements in the industry and the respective Training Package Product update requirements.

    As a result, the following changes have been proposed:

    • The Packaging Rules for the two Dental Assisting Qualifications have been revised to include Units of Competency relevant to the role of the dental assistant.
    • The Certificate III in Dental Assisting has been updated and will comprise the following eight core Units of Competency:
                    o CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
                    o CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
                    o HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
                    o HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography
                    o HLTDEN017 Assist with administration in dental practice
                    o HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
                    o HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment
                    o HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting has been updated to include two core and six elective Units of Competency to be selected from the following specialisations:
                    o Group A – Dental Radiography
                    o Group B – General Electives
    • The following two Skill Sets have been updated to include updated Units of Competency:
                    o HLTSSXXXXX Dental Radiography Skill Set
                    o HLTSSXXXXX Oral Health Care Skill Set.
    • The following thirteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency have been updated:
                    o HLTDEN001 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
                    
      o HLTDEN002 Assist with dental radiography
                 
        o HLTDEN003 Assist with administration in dental practice
                    o HLTDEN004 Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
                    o HLTDEN005 Assist in oral health care procedures during general anaesthesia
                    o HLTDEN006 Assist in oral health care procedures during conscious sedation
                    o HLTDEN007 Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
                    o HLTDEN008 Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
                    o HLTDEN009 Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
                    o HLTDEN010 Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
                    o HLTDEN011 Implement an oral health promotion program
                    o HLTDEN012 Take an impression for study models
                    o HLTDEN014 Take a clinical photograph
    • The following Dental Assisting Unit of Competency has been recommended for deletion:
                    o HLTDEN013 Allocate treatment appointments according to priority.
    • The following five Oral Health Care Units of Competency have been updated:
                    o HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
                    o HLTOHC002 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
                    o HLTOHC003 Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
                    o HLTOHC005 Use basic oral health screening tools
                    o HLTOHC006 Apply fluoride varnish
    • The following Oral Health Care Unit of Competency has been recommended for deletion:
                    o HLTOHC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene.
    • Three new Units of Competency have been developed to cover the following specialist areas:
                    o HLTDEN028 Provide effective oral hygiene instruction to patients with an oral health treatment plan
                    o HLTDEN029 Assist in oral health care procedures during relative analgesia 
                    o HLTDEN030 Assist the operator during medical emergencies in a dental setting. 
    • To take forward Training Package Product development work, the Dental Assisting TAC and Dental IRC have subsequently reviewed and confirmed the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of public consultation.

      Project Governance

      The Dental IRC is comprised of a number of key expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

      The Dental Assisting TAC is comprised of a number of key subject matter expert stakeholders within the industry, as follows:

      Project Status – Draft 2 Validation - Closed

      Consultation on Draft 2 started on Wednesday 16 September and closed at 5.00pm on Friday 16 October 2020.

      The Draft 2 validation period sought feedback on two Qualifications, two Skill Sets and 21 Units of Competency:

      • HLT35020 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
      • HLT45020 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
      • HLTSSXXXXX Dental Radiography Skill Set
      • HLTSSXXXXX Oral Health Care Skill Set
      • HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
      • HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography
      • HLTDEN017 Assist with administration in dental practice
      • HLTDEN018 Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
      • HLTDEN019 Assist in oral health care procedures during general anaesthesia
      • HLTDEN020 Assist in oral health care procedures during conscious sedation
      • HLTDEN021 Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
      • HLTDEN022 Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
      • HLTDEN023 Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
      • HLTDEN024 Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
      • HLTDEN025 Implement an oral health promotion program
      • HLTDEN026 Take an impression for study models
      • HLTDEN027 Take a clinical photograph
      • HLTDEN028 Provide effective oral hygiene instruction to patients with an oral health treatment plan
      • HLTDEN029 Assist in oral health care procedures during relative analgesia
      • HLTDEN030 Assist the operator during medical emergencies in a dental setting
      • HLTOHC007 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
      • HLTOHC008 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
      • HLTOHC009 Apply and use basic oral health products
      • HLTOHC0010 Use basic oral health screening tools
      • HLTOHC011 Apply fluoride varnish.

      Please click here to access Draft 2 documents, including a Validation Guide.  

      Consultation Activities

      A series of webinars were available, as well as access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum page.
           
      Webinars:
      Date                                                        Time

      Webinar 1: Tuesday, 29 September  11.00am–12.30pm - closed
      Webinar 2: Tuesday, 6 October         11.00am–12.30pm - closed
      Webinar 3: Tuesday, 13 October       11.00am–12.30pm - closed

      Please click here to view the Certificates III and IV in Dental Assisting: Draft 2 webinar presentation.

      Project Timings



      Following the close of the validation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of the Final Draft of the Dental Assisting Training Package Products.

      Further Information

      For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au or via phone at 0438 043 186.