Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Dr Tessa Keegel


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Off-campus)


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.

Workload requirements

10 hours off campus self-directed learning per week plus 20 contact hours over 3 block days.

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