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OCCP5228: Enabling Occupation with Communities

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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 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.

Code OCCP5228
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
OCCP5208 and OCCP5218 and OCCP5219

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

  • LO1. expand professional competence for occupational therapy practice with communities. A specific emphasis will be placed on three enablement skills that is to collaborate, educate (build capacity), and advocate.
  • LO2. demonstrate cultural awareness, sensitivity, and safety in becoming a culturally competent occupational therapist - particularly when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • LO3. recognise and raise awareness of expressions of occupational (in)justice in diverse cultures, community, and organisational contexts and develop participatory responses that promote health and well-being of communities.