Enabling Occupation with Communities (OCCP5228)


The unit aims to engage and challenge students to develop occupational therapy practice in community contexts where occupational therapy practice roles are emerging (or may have yet to develop). Students will focus their understanding of occupational therapy practice at the community-level by understanding broader health promotion, wellness, and occupations of communities. This will involve an analysis of the person, environment and occupation factors impacting on the occupational functioning of communities and groups. Students will apply community development tools and strategies through learning activities that support students to expand their role as occupational therapists from working with individuals, families, and caregivers to working with communities. This unit introduces students to notions of occupational justice that have emerged from the field of occupational science. Applications include work with populations in and outside of Australia and across the lifespan.

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Further unit of study information


3 hour seminar/week


online reading responses (30%),  paper (50%),  artwork & abstract (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

OCCP5208 and OCCP5218 and OCCP5219

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.