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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Rebecca Allen


In this unit, students begin to shift their view beyond the occupational challenges facing individuals, to consider the ways in which the occupations, health and wellbeing of communities/populations may be impacted by social, political and organisational factors. Students apply the principles of individual occupational challenges to case based scenarios in which advanced clinical reasoning and intervention skills are required for people experiencing complex health and social problems. The cases chosen highlight the multiple approaches to occupational intervention, both individual/clinical and community/prevention.


On completion of this unit the student will be expected to be able to:

  1. demonstrate skills that contribute to critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills in scenario/case-based learning;
  2. apply the principles of developing goals and objectives for promoting change among individuals to whole communities;
  3. describe the influence of government policy on the development of services and associated funding systems available to prevent ill health and promote health and wellbeing in whole communities;
  4. describe the role of community, national and international agencies, and their functions in the prevention of ill health, the promotion of health and wellbeing, and rehabilitation and how this relates to occupational therapy practice;
  5. describe and critique the role of occupational therapists as leaders and managers in service delivery;
  6. demonstrate understanding of the rights of consumers and carers and strategies to involve consumers and carers in service planning, delivery and evaluation;
  7. describe principles of resource management;
  8. describe principles and approaches to advocacy and lobbying;
  9. demonstrate how to write a submission;
  10. describe the principles of, and skills associated with program development, management, and evaluation; and
  11. locate, retrieve and use resources that inform understanding about health and occupation.


Oral and written exam (2 hours): 45%
Population health assignment (3000 words): 30%
Contemporary practice presentation (15 minutes): 10%
Presentation (20 minutes): 15% +

80% attendance at all tutorials

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Louise Farnworth