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OCCP5257: Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice

2024 unit information

This unit of study introduces students to the profession of occupational therapy, including beliefs, philosophical bases, foundational concepts and skills. Scope of practice is considered in context of the Australian health care and disability systems, health law and professional responsibilities. There is a focus on understanding the impact of decolonisation on the health of indigenous Australians and the need for culturally safe services. Students will examine humans as occupational beings including cultural and anthropological perspectives and the relationship between occupations, health and occupational therapy practice. Students will start developing professional reasoning required to determine what impacts on occupational performance. This will be achieved through use of case-based studies and input from those with lived experiences, occupational therapy clinicians and academics, learning about occupational therapy theory and practising occupational analysis, identifying occupational issues and designing basic therapeutic interventions plans that are meaningful and safe.

Unit details and rules

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Participation Sciences

Code OCCP5257
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Describe occupational therapy service delivery in Australia, in relation to systems, schemes and regulatory requirements
  • LO2. Explain the significance of occupation to holistic human health and wellbeing which is culturally sensitive
  • LO3. Use occupational therapy models to identify occupational performance issues and needs of individuals, groups and populations, in a culturally safe way.
  • LO4. Analyse occupations and identify person-environment-occupation aspects of occupational performance
  • LO5. Develop an intervention plan to address occupational needs using a strength-based and person-centred approach.
  • LO6. Demonstrate ethical and professional verbal and written communication skills that reflect professional values in occupational therapy.

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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