Certificate III and IV In Dental Assisting: Draft 1 Consultation Open

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the packaging rules of the two Dental Assisting qualifications and to update fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care 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 the two Dental Assisting qualifications and to update fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care 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 to improve efficiencies in operations, and also maximise patient health and safety in all dental services delivered.

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

  • Current structure – The current structure and packaging of the qualifications includes core, electives and elective specialisations
  • Specialist areas – The current Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting do not include sufficient training in specialist instrument usage, infection prevention and control, or procedural/surgical support for the workforce in dental specialist fields
  • Simultaneous updates – Both qualifications are being 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 to support these specialist procedures.

To inform the update of the two Dental Assisting qualifications, fourteen Dental Assisting Units of Competency and six Oral Health Care Units of Competency, a Dental Assisting Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia was formed. 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:

  • Packaging rules for both 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 core Units of Competency:
                  o CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
                  o CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
                  o HLTAID003 Provide first aid
                  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 HLTDEN028 Provide effective oral hygiene instruction to patients with an oral health treatment plan
                  o HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
                  o HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment
                  o HLTSTE003 Sterilise loads
                  o HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
                  o HLTPOP005 Work in a population health context
  • The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting has been updated to include thirteen core and four elective Units of Competency to be selected from the following specialisations:
                  o Group A – Dental Radiography
                  o Group B – Oral Health Education
                  o Group C - General Anaesthesia, Conscious Sedation and Relative Analgesia
                  o Group D – Technical Records
                  o Group E – Dental Practice Administration
  • 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
  • Two 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 

To take forward Training Package Product development work, the Dental Assisting TAC and Dental IRC will subsequently review and confirm the changes required for the development of Draft 2, based on feedback received from the first round of 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 1 Consultation

Consultation on Draft 1 will start on 1 November and will close at 5.00pm on 2 December 2019.

The Draft 1 consultation period will seek feedback on two qualifications and twenty Units of Competency:

  • HLT35019 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • HLT45019 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
  • 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
  • HLTOHC007 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
  • HLTOHC008 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
  • HLTOHC009 Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
  • HLTOHC0010 Use basic oral health screening tools
  • HLTOHC011 Apply fluoride varnish

Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.


Consultation Activities

A series of face-to-face workshops will be held across all states and territories, along with webinars and access to the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum page. Please click on the links below to register for a workshop or webinar.

Workshops:

City                          Date                                                    Time

Perth                       Wednesday, 13 November 2019     9.30am–11:30am - closed
Adelaide                  Friday, 15 November 2019              9.30am–11:30am - closed
Melbourne              Monday, 18 November 2019          9:30am-11:30am - closed
Canberra                 Tuesday, 19 November 2019          9.30am–11:30am - closed
Hobart                     Friday, 22 November 2019              9:00am-11:00am - cancelled
Darwin                     Monday, 25 November 2019          9:30am-11:30am         
Brisbane                  Wednesday, 27 November 2019    9:30am-11:30am
Sydney                     Thursday, 28 November 2019         9:30am-11:30am


Webinars:
Date                                                                Time

Webinar 1: Monday, 11 November 2019  9.30am–10:30am - closed
Webinar 2: Friday 29 November 2019      10.00am–11:00am


Project Timings




Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Devika Mudaliar at devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au or via phone at (02) 9392 8100.