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OCCP5218: OT Practice in Home and Community Contexts

2024 unit information

This unit introduces students to the home and community environments, including the physical, psychosocial and sociocultural components, in which clients perform occupations. These may include the home, neighbourhood shopping centre, community leisure facility, and residential accommodation such as nursing homes and retirement villages. Students will learn to assess the impact of these environments on clients' occupations, analyse activities conducted in these environments and recommend appropriate adaptations and modifications. In addition students will learn about their own environments of practice as they impact on their work. These include team work practice and the politics of home, health and community settings. Students will learn appropriate presentation skills to document home and community environment assessments and recommendations including written reports and verbal presentations.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Participation Sciences

Code OCCP5218
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Musculo-skeletal anatomy

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

  • LO1. Identify the personal priorities and meaning underpinning the participation of a person in a variety of routines and tasks, at home and within the community and support their doing, being, becoming and belonging in the home and community environment.
  • LO2. Assess the nature and causes of the difficulties that people experience in personal and instrumental activities of daily living, and participation in a diverse range of community- based activities.
  • LO3. Demonstrate knowledge of safe manual handling, transfer, and mobility techniques and use responsive, appropriate, and effective communication to work respectfully and collaboratively with relevant stakeholders.
  • LO4. Identify and analyse the temporal, cultural, sensory, cognitive, physical, and psychological dimensions of the environment supported by person-centred and culturally sensitive approaches
  • LO5. Prescribe equipment, modifications, and personal assistance that addresses the individual needs of specific people in home and community environments substantiated by evidence and the ability to justify these decisions with clinical reasoning.
  • LO6. Identify and initiate programs of intervention, learning, and development to enable safe and effective use of prescribed equipment (such as bath boards, wheelchairs, hoists, and furniture), task adaptations, personal support, and environmental adaptations,
  • LO7. Prepare and substantiate documentation including written analysis, diagrams, and measured drawings assessing specific aspects of occupational performance with a variety of plans for intervention.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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