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MPH2041 - Introduction to occupational health and safety

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr D Fish


Alfred Hospital First semester 2008 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2008 (Off-campus)


The effects and human cost of occupational disease and injury, occupational health and safety law, worker's compensation, negligence, occupational rehabilitation, historical achievements and challenges, international and national organisations.


This unit aims to provide an introduction to occupational health and safety. On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. discuss the human and economic cost and causes of workplace injury and death;
  2. describe the legal framework of OHS, including the roles of:
    1. Robens type legislation;
    2. OHS representatives;
    3. OHS committees;
    4. worker's compensation;
    5. common law;
    6. unions;
  3. describe various injury models;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of OHS and rehabilitation program and service management;
  5. describe the nature and function of national international OHS organisations;
  6. describe some of the achievements and future challenges of OHS.


Web-based tasks 20%
Assignments 50%
Examination 30%

Contact hours

15 contact hours over 2 days

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

15 contact hours over 2 days

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