Unit description

Introduces students to workplace assessments, job analyses, functional assessments and return to work plans for injured workers. Students will design and conduct workplace assessments based on current knowledge of ergonomics and related areas, critically evaluate and design functional assessments, and analyse, interpret and synthesise assessment results to develop appropriate interventions and design treatment plans for injured workers.

Unit content

Module 1 – Ergonomics and Workplace Assessments

  • Evidence-base for work-related musculoskeletal injuries
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Hierarchy of controls
  • Anthropometry
  • Static versus dynamic work
  • Repetitive work
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Computer workstations
  • Manual handling

Module 2 – Functional Assessments

  • Types of functional assessments
  • Content of work-related assessments and Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)
  • Standardised and non-standardised assessments
  • Research base of work-related assessments
  • Application to case studies
  • End-point determination
  • Biomechanical
  • Psychophysical
  • Physiological
  • Triangulation of data
  • Documentation and interpretation of assessment results

Module 3 – Return to Work Plans

  • Overview and hierarchy of return to work
  • Evidence for efficacy of workplace-based rehabilitation
  • Development of goals/objectives
  • Graded return to work
  • Application to case studies

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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