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Disability is ubiquitous in the community. No part of the political, cultural, social and economic landscape is untouched by the contribution or needs of people with disability.

The Disability Participation and Health major will help students across all disciplines develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that will underpin informed collaboration to reduce inequalities and support inclusion and participation of people with disability in everyday life.

The Disability Participation and Health major will also introduce concepts that underpin the perceptions and experience of disability from person-centered and citizen-community perspectives. The major acknowledges and seeks to counteract outdated historical depictions of people with disability as objects for study or people with disorders to be “managed”. It recognises the importance of social constructs in creating disability and disability as a human rights issue that can impact health and participation in everyday life. Practical strategies that have been and could be used to facilitate participation in real-world settings will be explored, including: advocacy; collaborative dialogue and partnership; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander approaches to health and healing; culturally safe disability practice and understanding of disability in multicultural settings; use of everyday technologies; and local/ international community development.

About this major

To meet the requirements for a major in Disability Participation and Health you must complete 48 credit points of units of study, as follows:

(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units:

  • Disability, Participation and Health
  • Disability and Lifespan Development

(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level core units

  • Disability and Decolonising Practices
  • Disability Rights and Participation
  • Disability and Assistive Products

(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level major core units

  • Community Development and Disability
  • Disability Sector Development

(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level interdisciplinary project units

  • Community Linkages in Disability
  • Industry and Community Project

Graduate opportunities

  • Disability service providers
  • Community health services
  • Acute hospital settings
  • Rehabilitation hospital settings
  • Mental health services
  • Private Practice
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Workplace rehabilitation / Work health and safety
  • Education settings
  • Vocational rehabilitation and employment services
  • Home modifications and accessibility services
  • Consultancy
  • Health Promotion
  • Community-based rehabilitation/community development
  • Aged care sector
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