Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula Term 4 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Louise Farnworth


In this unit, students begin to shift their view beyond the occupational challenges facing individuals, to consider the ways in which the occupations, health and well-being of groups, communities, and populations' may be impacted on by social, political and organisational factors. Students apply advanced clinical reasoning and intervention skills in case based scenarios applied to groups of people and communities who are experiencing complex health and social problems rather than individuals. The cases chosen highlight the multiple approaches to occupational intervention, both individual/clinical and community/prevention.

Additionally, students, individually or in pairs, will work in collaboration with a sponsoring agency to address a specific need while completing their participatory practice fieldwork placement for 2 days per week (135 hours). Students will be allocated a project identified by the agency. Students will then be guided by academic staff through the process of making initial contact with their agency and the first phase of project management, which involves collaborating with agency members to "scope" an organisationally useful, and occupationally relevant project or program. Students will be required to liaise with a variety of stakeholders and to develop a project proposal that meets the needs and aims of the agency. Students will develop skills in project design and management and work within a community partnership model to address a community/population health based occupational issue for the collaborating agency.


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

  1. Demonstrate critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills through application of theory into primary care, health promotion and population health in scenario based learning and in a practice setting;
  2. Appraise the influence of government policy on the development of services and associated funding systems available to prevent ill health and promote health and wellbeing, the role of community, national and international agencies, and their functions in the prevention of ill health, the promotion of health and wellbeing, and rehabilitation and how this relates to occupational therapy practice;
  3. Apply intervention principles for promoting change among individuals to whole communities;
  4. Demonstrate the rights of consumers and carers and strategies to involve consumers and carers in service planning, delivery and evaluation through interacting with them in an ethical and socially responsible approach to practice and practice based enquiry;
  5. Describe and appraise principles and approaches to advocacy and lobbying;
  6. Analyse the principles of, skills associated with program development, program management, evaluation and resource management;
  7. Take responsibility for own attitudes and behaviour, by acknowledging prejudices, limitations, and lack of knowledge, and commitment to change and growth as a result of professional development, and reflective learning;
  8. Undertake a needs analysis by scoping an organizationally useful and occupationally relevant project or program and use findings of assessments/needs analyses to develop programs using best available evidence;
  9. Apply program management skills such as applying resource management and function as a project manager and liaise with an organization to define a project;
  10. Consult with service providers, community leaders, consumers and carers about their rights, service choices, and options and demonstrate power sharing with them in relationships the development of a partnership approach to service development and provision and setting priorities for change; and share resources in a mutual educational process to facilitate decision making and advocacy about service choices, and options.


Fieldwork (Placement weeks 1-9) - up to 12 hours per week. Fieldwork will require students to travel to fieldwork locations. These may be near or away from the campus.


Oral and written exam (2 hours) including peer assessment (30%)
Population health assignment (3,000 words) (15%)
Contemporary practice presentation (15 minutes) (5%)
Presentation (20 minutes) (5%)
Written preliminary project proposal (1,000 words) (5%)
Oral presentation of situation profile findings and preliminary action plan (30 minutes) (10%)
Project Action Plan Proposal (2,500 words minimum) (30%)

Project progress update reports.
Successful completion of fieldwork including submission of (i) a completed and signed Student Placement Evaluation Form - Revised (SPEF-R) (ii) signed timesheet and (iii) Student Review of Placement form; and (iv) reflective journal and 2 summary reports.
Attendance at 100% of tutorials, supervisory meetings and fieldwork placement hours unless a medical certificate is provided.

Workload requirements

This unit will run for 9 weeks of academic/fieldwork followed by one week Swot Vac, one week of exams and one week vacation. As this is an accelerated program, the workload demands are more than would be expected of an undergraduate 12 CP unit as it is run over 9 rather than 12 weeks.
PBL Tutorials - 4 hours per week (on campus)
Lectures - 4 hours per week (online)
Practicals - 4 hours per week (on campus)
Fieldwork (Placement weeks 1-9) - up to 12 hours per week
Private study - 12 hours per week.

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