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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr R Stuckey


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%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ruth Stuckey

Contact hours

3 block days

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: