Unit description

Explores the concepts of what are “home” and “community” from different cultural perspectives, and the effects of physical, cognitive and psychosocial dysfunction and environmental constraints on occupational performance within the home and community. Occupational therapy assessment of the accessibility of home and public environments, and the development of culturally appropriate interventions, including the use of appropriate assistive devices/technology, will be examined.

Unit content

Topic 1: Community and home environments - what are they, how are they defined, impact on occupational performance
Topic 2: Introduction to legislative and regulatory aspects affecting home and community
Topic 3: Concepts of Universal Design and access standards AS-1428
Topic 4: Assessing for and prescribing basic home modifications
Topic 5: Community services including Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), Home and Community Care (HACC) Services, Independent Living Centres, Home Modification services, etc.
Topic 6: Driving and other forms of transport: assessment and related aspects
Topic 7: Instrumental Activities of Daily Living -definitions, inclusions and assessment
Topic 8: Clinical reasoning and report writing skills
Topic 9: Assistive technology and devices appropriate for home and community contexts
Topic 10: Carer and sexual occupations - Additional requirements: Fieldwork - 4 weeks (160 hours)

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Curtin, M, Molineux, M & Supyk-Mellson, J, 2010, Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: Enabling occupation , 6th edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-08-045084-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Field work 40 hours (4 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (4 weeks)
Clinical skillsSR
Reflective writingSR

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