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OCCP3106: Participation and Ageing Well

2024 unit information

Older adults live up to 30 years longer than previous generations. This life stage could provide renewed opportunities for occupational engagement or challenges depending on the status of a persons health and wellbeing. Occupational therapy can enhance, restore, or maintain occupational engagement. In this unit of study a global perspective on ageing informs the five themes directing lecture content, 1. Personal considerations when working with older adults, 2. Professional considerations when working with older adults, 3. Contextual considerations when working with older adults, 4. Life continuum considerations when working with older adults and 5. Scope of practice in aged care. Students will take an evidence based approach to occupational therapy service provision and will learn to provide occupational therapy for older adults from a client centred perspective, and to promote quality of life and wellbeing through continuing engagement in day to day activities. This unit includes learning activities that will contribute towards practice education hours.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Participation Sciences

Code OCCP3106
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
OCCP1103 and OCCP1105 and OCCP1104
Assumed knowledge:
OCCP1101 and OCCP1102 and OCCP2103 and OCCP2104

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the broader context in which occupational therapy services are provided to older adults in Australia; the impact of relevant legislation and policy upon service provision; and international trends in service provision for older adults.
  • LO2. Examine and reflect on: personal values and attitudes towards older adults; the values and attitudes of others; in particular, the values and attitudes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples towards older people, with recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture, values, and social practices.
  • LO3. Develop an evidence-based approach to occupational therapy service provision for older adults, with a focus on active ageing, meaningful engagement and wellbeing.
  • LO4. Demonstrate familiarity with the administration and scoring of assessments, which are commonly used by occupational therapists working with older adults.
  • LO5. Practice occupational therapy interventions which are appropriate to the needs of older adults in consideration of their personal, social and cultural contexts.

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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