OCC5050 - Enabling occupation 2 - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Louise Farnworth


Associate Professor Helen Bourke-Taylor

Unit guides



  • Term 3 2018 (On-campus)




In this second intervention unit, student will further describe, apply and critique the principles of assessment and intervention for individual and groups of clients who are restricted in their ability to engage in activities, occupations, and participate in community life. Intervention principles will also incorporate environmental supports and barriers (advocacy, organisational change, environmental adaptation) and evidence-based practice. The common characteristics of primary care will form the framework including issues of expanded access, multi-professional service teams, optimal service coordination, and a focus on patient empowerment and the application of technology to health promotion. Prevention and health promotion systems relevant to primary care will be examined, and the evidence and theoretical base for preventive (behavioural) counselling, brief interventions, health education practice, methods of tailoring strategies to client needs, motivational interviewing techniques, motivating change and preventing relapse will be explored. Approaches to adopting health promotion strategies and building capacity for health promotion in others will be explored.

This unit also gives students an advanced overview of the skills necessary to critique and evaluate research evidence. Students will be introduced to methodologies related to evaluating and conducting mixed-method survey-based research using questionnaires. This will provide the foundation to integrate clinically relevant evidence into daily professional practice as well as skills to be able assist with quality assurance activities using survey methodology. A fieldwork block of 3 weeks full time will conclude the term (112 hours).


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

  1. Take responsibility for own attitudes and behaviour, and maintain the legal, ethical and professional standards and emergency procedures set by the fieldwork facility, Monash University, and OT AUSTRALIA code of ethics;
  2. Appraise the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships, health and illness and multicultural diversity to professional practice and citizenship;
  3. Identify further common medical, surgical, neurological, musculoskeletal, biopsychosocial and developmental conditions that can present in clients of occupational therapy, and their occupational sequela;
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the frameworks that underpin health promotion and the application of health promotion principles and demonstrate how health care and health promotion is operationalized and evaluated in clinical settings and how it is used in program planning;
  5. Formulate integrated reasoning involving purposeful and meaningful occupation; client-centred/family centred practice; occupational therapy theory and practice; identity as an occupational therapist; and thinking critically, reasoning and reflecting to the development and implementation of occupationally relevant intervention strategies;
  6. Identify gaps in intervention practice knowledge, develop a researchable clinical intervention question and search databases for best evidence to support practice gaps;
  7. Choose and critique best evidence available for occupational therapy individual and group intervention strategies, methods and modalities used with clients of occupational therapy presenting with physical, mental/psychosocial, cognitive, social, and other related occupational performance challenges;
  8. Select, appraise, design and implement quantitative and qualitative; questionnaires/scales/survey data used to gather data, and interpret and report results;
  9. Effectively communicate with other members of the team and refer appropriately including planning and producing a health promotion pamphlet or poster;
  10. Write relevant, concise and comprehensive reports and pamphlets and substantiate both written and oral reporting with information from a range of empirical and other data sources.


Fieldwork - 3 week placement (112 hours). Fieldwork will require students to travel to fieldwork locations. These may be near or away from the campus.


  • Mixed-methods survey report (3,500 words, 7000 in pairs, 10,000 in three) (25%)
  • Oral examination (20 minutes) (20%)
  • Health promotion program plan and group presentation (5,000 words and 20 minutes) (35%)
  • 2 x article review presentations (10%)

Hurdle requirements

  • Successful completion of 3 weeks of fieldwork (Hurdle)
  • Student evaluation of group process/Self role analysis (Hurdle)
  • Group work reflection (Hurdle)
  • Health Promotion: progress report (Hurdle)
  • 2 x Evidence based practice tests (2x 1 hour) (Hurdle)
  • Attendance at 80% of tutorials, skills classes and fieldwork placement (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

This unit will run for 9 weeks of academic/fieldwork followed by one week Swot Vac, one week of exams, 3 weeks of fieldwork 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 3 weeks full time (112 hours)

Private study - 12 hours per week.

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/dates/census) for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units are different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching datesFaculty's non-standard teaching dates (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/enrolments/non-standard-dates.html) page to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/change/add-or-discontinue-units#penalties).

See also Unit timetable information

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