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Certificates III and IV in Dental Assisting: Training Package Update Approved

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Dental Industry Reference Committee (IRC), and the Dental Assisting Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) completed 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), and the Dental Assisting Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) completed 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 was 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 had been considered during the Training Package update process:

  • Addressing identified workplace skills gaps in the Qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency available to dental assistants
  • Identifying and addressing the challenges and opportunities that the dental assisting sector is currently experiencing which are impacting on workforce skill requirements for employees, including:
  •       o Dental assistants involved in supporting orthodontic procedures, and

          o Dental assistants involved in implant and surgical dental procedures

  • Ensuring that the dental assisting sector is supported by a high quality trained and skilled workforce
  • Enabling access to training that will support the sector in improving efficiencies in operations while also maximising the sector's interaction with patients from diverse backgrounds to ensure that they receive the most appropriate care and service possible.
  • We thank everyone who provided feedback via the feedback forum, email and attended webinars and workshops to inform this project to date.

        Project Governance

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

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

        Project Status - Approved and Published

        The AISC considered the proposed training package development and update at its meeting on 23 February 2021. The submission was approved and the following TP Products are now published on training.gov.au.

        Two Qualifications:

        • HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
        • HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
        • Two Skill Sets:

          • HLTSS00072 Dental Radiography Skill Set
          • HLTSS00073 Oral Health Care Skill Set
          • Twenty-one Units of Competency:

            • HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with dental procedures
            • HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography
            • HLTDEN017 Assist with administration in dental practice
            • HLTDEN018 Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
            • HLTDEN019 Assist in dental procedures during general anaesthesia
            • HLTDEN020 Assist in dental 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 dental procedures during relative analgesia
            • HLTDEN030 Assist the dental practitioner 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
            • HLTOHC010 Use basic oral health screening tools
            • HLTOHC011 Apply fluoride varnish.

            Further Information

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