MPH5241 - Introduction to occupational health and safety - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Amanda Sillcock


Dr Amanda Sillcock

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate course.


The effects and human cost of occupational disease and injury, occupational health and safety law, worker's compensation, negligence, occupational rehabilitation, historical achievements and challenges, international and national organisations.


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

  1. analyze and contextualize the human and economic cost and causes of workplace injury and death in Australia;
  2. identify contemporary OHS data sources, and evaluate and explain their merits and limitations;
  3. describe and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of various injury models and their use within OHSMS;
  4. analyze and contextualize the legal framework for OHS and occupational injury management and its application to OHS practice;
  5. identify, contextualize and evaluate the fundamental principles of OHS practice including application of risk management programs and total worker health programs in complex environments;
  6. analyze and contextualize the OHS impacts of contemporary work patterns emerging challenges.


  • Critical reflections (6 x 5%-30%) (6 x 300 words-1800 words)
  • Infographic (15%) (180 words,plus graphics)
  • Workplace prevention report (30%) (1800 words)
  • Return to work proposal (1 slide / 1 minute) (Hurdle)
  • Return to work plan (25%) (1500 words)

Hurdle: Full attendance at Block Days.

Workload requirements

On-campus: 6 contact hours, plus 6 hours self-directed study, per week.

Off-campus: 12 hours self-directed study per week, plus 3 compulsory block days.

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