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LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

Unit description

Explores the concepts of “home” and “community” with respect to the effects of physical, cognitive and psychosocial dysfunction. Environmental constraints on occupational performance within the home and community are also explored. Examines the concepts of occupational therapy assessment including the accessibility of home and public environments. Students will develop an understanding of culturally appropriate interventions, including the use of home modifications, assistive devices and technology.  

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

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1define home and community environments in terms of personal preferences, occupational roles, activities and routines, and physical and socio-cultural dimensions
2assess people's occupational performance with regard to their daily lives and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in home and community contexts
3assess the home and community environment and identify the impact on people's occupational performance and instrumental activities of daily living
4discuss factors in the home and community environment that can impact on occupational performance, engagement and social inclusion
5identify and prioritise issues to address for clients entering, returning to or remaining in their homes or other living arrangements
6recommend appropriate strategies to maintain, restore or enhance occupational performance in home and community contexts using relevant theoretical frameworks

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define home and community environments in terms of personal preferences, occupational roles, activities and routines, and physical and socio-cultural dimensions
  2. assess people's occupational performance with regard to their daily lives and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in home and community contexts
  3. assess the home and community environment and identify the impact on people's occupational performance and instrumental activities of daily living
  4. discuss factors in the home and community environment that can impact on occupational performance, engagement and social inclusion
  5. identify and prioritise issues to address for clients entering, returning to or remaining in their homes or other living arrangements
  6. recommend appropriate strategies to maintain, restore or enhance occupational performance in home and community contexts using relevant theoretical frameworks

Prescribed texts

  • Curtin, M, Egan, M and Adams, J , 2017, Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment, 7th edn, Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7020-5446-4 .
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (ADL lab+Comp lab) (12 weeks)
Assessment
Group presentation40%
Case study40%
Practical skills20%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (ADL lab+Comp lab) (12 weeks)
Assessment
Group presentation40%
Case study40%
Practical skills20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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