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OCCP5246: OT in Work Injury Prevention and Rehab

This unit of study will give students the opportunity to advance their assessment, intervention and professional communication in the area of workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and other areas of private practice, where there is a strong focus on client and customer centred services. Students will practice work health and safety assessments through hazard identification, risk assessments and development of an intervention plan in an industry. In this unit, students will conduct a functional assessment, as well as develop their communication skills, needed to negotiate and collaborate with other health professionals and stakeholders in this area of practice. Students will also refine their written communication skills to be able to produce professional reports. In all areas of this unit, there will be a focus on students articulating their clinical reasoning and justification in decision making.

Code OCCP5246
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Describe the causes, prevention, and management of work-related injury and illness within an Australian context.
  • LO2. Produce a work health and safety report that contains risks and hazards identified in a workplace using various assessment tools and an intervention / implementation plan designed to address identified risks/hazards using the hierarchy of risk controls.
  • LO3. Describe the key aspects of WHS and workers' compensation legislation and regulations related to the responsibilities and entitlements of employers, employees, and the general public, rehabilitation and re-training, and be able to access this information.
  • LO4. Conduct a functional capacity assessment for an injured worker and create a report that demonstrates interpretation and synthesis of observations and findings.
  • LO5. Communicate and negotiate a return to work plan with a nominated treating doctor.
  • LO6. Develop a greater understanding of the role of the occupational therapist in primary, secondary, and tertiary rehabilitation within the workplace.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.