Applied Psychosocial and Medical Rehab (REHB5061)


This unit provides students with an insight into: the social position and life experiences of persons with a disability from their own perspective; and the functional implications of chronic illness and disability. Students critically analyse models of psychosocial adaption to illness and disability and explore the relationships between adjustment and adaptation, emotional reactions to chronic disease and disability, coping strategies and quality of life. Upon completion of this unit, students should have an increased understanding of the psychosocial, medical and functional aspects of chronic illness and disability. This understanding will improve the effectiveness of their service delivery to persons with a disability, leading to more positive rehabilitation outcomes.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


On-campus: 2-hr lectures/week plus module notes and directed textbook chapter readings; Distance education: no on-campus attendance required.


Log book 3000wd total (30%), take-home/ online MC exam (20%) and 1500wd essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


REHB5012, REHB5047

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.