Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

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

  • Community and home environments – what are they, how are they defined, impact on occupational performance
  • Introduction to legislative and regulatory aspects affecting home and community
  • Concepts of Universal Design and access standards
  • Assessing for and prescribing basic home modifications
  • Driving and other forms of transport: assessment and related aspects
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living – definitions, inclusions and assessment
  • Clinical reasoning and report writing skills
  • Assistive technology and devices appropriate for home and community contexts
  • Carer and home occupations

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Curtin, M, Molineux, M & Supyk-Mellson, J, 2014, Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: Enabling occupation , 7th edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 978-1-4511-2746-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (ADL lab+Comp lab) (12 weeks)
Case study50%

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