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OCCP5250: OT in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation

2024 unit information

Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to provide intervention for people whose impaired hand and upper limb capacity impacts on their ability to carry out needed or desired daily tasks and routines. Causes of impairments include disease, disorders and conditions that affect the peripheral and central nervous system, bones and joints, and connective tissues. Skills developed will include orthotic prescription and fabrication, task-embedded joint mobility and muscle strengthening methods and use of oedema and scar management techniques. Students will learn to clearly articulate the theoretical and evidence-based rationale for interventions selected.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Medicine and Health

Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
(BIOS1168 or BIOS5090) and OCCP5208 and (OCCP5217 or OCCP5258)
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. list anatomical structures, describe the pathological processes and discuss the mechanisms of healing and recovery that influence outcomes for disorders and impairments commonly seen by occupational therapists working in upper limb and hand rehabilitation programs
  • LO2. outline principles of assessment and administer selected assessments used by occupational therapists working in upper limb and hand rehabilitation programs, including the E-Link system
  • LO3. develop knowledge and skills in a range of upper limb interventions, including orthotic fabrication, taping techniques, scar management, exercise & rest regimes, oedema management, pain reduction methods, TENS, FES, sling supports, physical guidance techniques and upper limb retraining methods
  • LO4. investigate and summarise the available evidence about the effectiveness of the upper limb interventions presented
  • LO5. design client-centered, occupation-embedded intervention plans for people whose occupational performance has been compromised as a result of disorders affecting the upper limb.

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

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