MPH5242 - Psychosocial work environment - 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 Tessa Keegel


Dr Tessa Keegel

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

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


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


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 will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse and evaluate various issues that might arise for a worker in regards to the working environment, and devise appropriate management control strategies;
  2. identify, analyse and communicate the underpinning principles of disability discrimination and equal employment legislation and practically apply them to workplace settings;
  3. develop, implement, and evaluate a health promotion program;
  4. implement evidence-based occupational drug and alcohol management;
  5. reflect critically on theoretical models and concepts underpinning organisational psychology; and
  6. develop insightful and persuasive recommendations to improve workplace culture.


  • 5 x Critical reflections (300 words each) (25% total)
  • Risk management report (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Essay proposal (300 words) (5%) (hurdle)
  • Essay presentation (15 minutes) (15%) (hurdle)
  • Final essay (2,100 words) (35%) (hurdle)

Attendance at the on-campus days is a hurdle requirement of the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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