This unit of study critically examines the theoretical foundations and processes of working with communities in order to develop competencies for enabling occupation and promoting health and well-being at a community level. Students will gain knowledge on theories of community development and health promotion. Students will learn and apply community development tools to each stage of the occupational performance practice process. Enablement skills required for intervention at the level of the community will be explored and students will gain knowledge of ethical frameworks to support professional decision-making when working with communities. This unit of study develops the capacity of students to participate in the development of emerging roles for occupational therapy practice with communities and develops competence for working cross-culturally. It includes a specific emphasis on working with Indigenous Australians. WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists require critical reflexivity to develop knowledge, confidence, and the ability to work within a human rights framework. Student will explore both of these skill sets. This unit also aims to support the new (2019) Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards which require occupational therapist to specifically acknowledge the need to enhance their cultural responsiveness and capabilities for practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
2-hr workshop/week, 1-hr tutorial/week for 13 weeks
Written critical reflection (20%), presentation (small group) includes peer review (20%), major written project (small group) includes peer review¿ web based (45%), 3 x preparatory reading quizzes (5% each; total 15%)