Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rwth 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.


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

  1. discuss and analyse the human and economic cost and causes of workplace injury and death in Australia;
  2. identify contemporary OHS data sources and explain their merits and limitations;
  3. describe and evaluate various injury models;
  4. analyse the legal framework for OHS and occupational injury management, including the roles of:

a. Robens type legislation and other historical drivers;

b. contemporary developments - Harmonised OHS legislation;

c. OHS worker representation and other stakeholders;

d. worker's compensation;

e. other related legislation and regulation;

  1. describe and discuss the application of occupational rehabilitation programs and service management;
  2. analyse and contextualise the OHS impacts of contemporary work patterns; and
  3. identify contemporary OHS achievements and emerging challenges and contextualise their impact within OHSMS.


Web-based tasks (15%)
Assignments (45%)
Examination (40%)

Hurdle: Full attendance at unit block days.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 block days.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate course.

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