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 Tessa Keegel


Psychosocial effects of work on individuals is explained from a preventive viewpoint. Mental illness & its effect on employment, alcohol and drug use, disability discrimination, equal employment opportunity legislation, workplace health promotion & shift work are examined.


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

  1. identify and evaluate varied situations where workers find it hard to cope;
  2. identify and analyse the causes of absenteeism and develop and implement appropriate management control strategies;
  3. communicate the underpinning principles of disability discrimination and equal employment legislation and practically apply them in workplace settings;
  4. develop, implement, and evaluate a health promotion program;
  5. implement evidence-based occupational drug and alcohol management;
  6. analyse the health effects of shift work and implement appropriate rosters and other strategies to minimise hazardous factors;
  7. reflect critically on theoretical models and concepts underpinning organisational psychology; and
  8. develop insightful and persuasive recommendations to improve workplace culture.


Web-based tasks (25%)
Assignment: outline (5%)
Assignment: presentation (15%)
Essay (2,000 - 2,500 words) (35%)
2 x Short answer tests (10% each)

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

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