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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Professor Malcolm Sim


This unit will cover the impacts and human cost of occupational disease and injury, occupational health and safety law, frameworks for primary prevention, workers' compensation systems, occupational rehabilitation, case studies highlighting historical achievements and challenges, international and national occupational health and safety (OHS) organizations.


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

  1. Discuss and analyse the human cost and causes of workplace injury, disease and death
  2. Identify contemporary occupational health and safety (OHS) data sources and explain their merits and limitations
  3. Describe and evaluate various injury and disease prevention models
  4. Describe the legal framework for OHS and occupational injury management
  5. Describe and discuss the application of occupational rehabilitation programs and OHS service management
  6. Identify contemporary OHS achievements and emerging challenges and contextualise their impact within OHS management systems.


Responses to 6 weekly forum discussion topics (45%)
Quiz (Multiple choice) (30 minutes) (10%)
Written assignment (3,000 words) (45%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course 4529.