Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Louise Farnworth


This is the second unit of the occupational therapy intervention units. It comprises 10 weeks of integrated scenario-based learning followed by a 5-week clinical fieldwork placement to consolidate application of knowledge into practice. In this unit, students further describe, apply and critique the principles of assessment and intervention for individual and groups of clients who are restricted in their ability to engage activities, occupations, and participation in community life. Intervention principles will also incorporate environmental supports and barriers (advocacy, organisational change, environmental adaptation) and evidence-based practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. take responsibility for own attitudes and behaviour, as demonstrated by acknowledging prejudices, limitations, and lack of knowledge, and commitment to change and growth as a result of professional development, and reflective learning;
  2. further develop skills in self-assessment and the provision of constructive feedback to others;
  3. function effectively as a member of a small learning group;
  4. understand further the relationship between the person, the environment (physical social, institutional and cultural) and occupation as the basis for occupational therapy practice;
  5. further appreciate the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships, health and illness and multicultural diversity to professional practice and citizenship;
  6. describe and apply the Canadian Practice Process Framework to typical occupational therapy practice scenarios and clinical practice;
  7. describe and critique best evidence available for typical occupational therapy intervention strategies, methods and modalities used with clients of occupational therapy presenting with physical, mental/psychosocial, cognitive, social, and other related occupational performance challenges;
  8. describe types and processes of traumatic stress reaction and application of strategies for processing of traumatic stress responses and models of critical stress debriefing;
  9. demonstrate clinical reasoning and client-centred/family-centred approach to the development and implementation of occupationally relevant intervention strategies;
  10. describe further common medical, surgical, neurological, musculoskeletal, psychosocial and developmental conditions that can present in clients of occupational therapy and their occupational sequela;
  11. write relevant, concise and comprehensive reports and substantiate both written and oral reports with information form assessments, observations and interviews';
  12. effectively communicate with other members of the team and refer appropriately;
  13. maintain the legal, ethical and professional standards and emergency procedures set by the clinical facility, Monash University, and OT AUSTRALIA code of ethics; and
  14. seek out and apply the principles of evidence-based practice and using best evidence available for practice related to clients of occupational therapy.


Completion of five MOTRE CF critical reviews for participation in class discussion 15%, presentation of one MOTRE CF critical review for presentation and evaluation 10%, one two hour exam 40%, oral examination including one hour written exam and 20 minute oral 30%, discussant of two peer presentations in oral examination 5%

Hurdle requirements: attendance and participation in classes and visits and fieldwork placement honours, two self evaluations of group presentation, group evaluation of completion of each case and satisfactory completion of signed time sheet from fieldwork placement, satisfactory completion of fieldwork placement as assessed through the Student Placement Evaluation Form (SPEF).

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Louise Farnworth