OCC3052 - Enabling occupation 2: Performance challenges in population health - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Ted Brown


Dr Nikos Thomacos
So Sin Sim

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




In this unit, students begin to shift their view beyond the occupational challenges facing individuals, to consider the ways in which the occupations and health and wellbeing of populations may be impacted by social, political and organisational factors.

Students apply a population-level conceptualisation and occupation to case-based scenarios in which advanced clinical reasoning and intervention skills are required to best respond to the needs and wishes of populations experiencing complex health and social problems.

The cases chosen highlight the multiple approaches that are appropriate in successfully delivering population-level occupational interventions.


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

  1. Apply an occupational perspective to facilitate health and well-being at a population level;
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international trends, opportunities and challenges relevant to the delivery of population health-focused programs and practice.
  3. Describe and evaluate the influence of environmental factors, where environment includes: government policy, agencies, and services, and the associated funding systems available to prevent ill health and promote health and wellbeing in populations;
  4. Discuss and apply the principles of working with populations (e.g. consumer rights, advocacy, engagement, etc.);
  5. Discuss and critique the role of occupational therapists in population-level service planning, delivery, and evaluation;
  6. Demonstrate critical appraisal, reasoning and thinking skills in the delivery of a number of verbal presentations as well as a report;
  7. Identify, critique and apply population health and occupation-related resources.
  8. Work effectively in a collaborative environment as part of a team to address and respond to a series of scenario-based learning case studies.
  9. Extend and consolidate communication-related skills in a safe environment considering social, physical and cultural factors.


  • 2 x class presentations (15 minutes each) (10%)
  • Contemporary health and social issue presentation (25 minutes) (15%)
  • Critical analysis (4,000 words) (30%)
  • Written and oral examination (2.5 hours) (45%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Twenty-four hours of scheduled classes and self-directed study per week, which includes an average of eleven hours of seminar and scenario-based learning per week.

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