This unit of study critically examines the theoretical foundations and processes of working with communities in order to develop competencies for enabling occupation and promoting health and well-being at a community level. Students will gain knowledge on theories of community development and health promotion. Students will learn and apply community development tools to each stage of the occupational performance practice process. Enablement skills required for intervention at the level of the community will be explored and students will gain knowledge of ethical frameworks to support professional decision-making when working with communities. This unit of study develops the capacity of students to participate in the development of emerging roles for occupational therapy practice with communities and develops competence for working cross-culturally. It includes a specific emphasis on working with Indigenous Australians.
2-hr workshop/week, 1-hr tutorial/week for 13 weeks
Written critical reflexivity report (30%), major written paper (40%), 3 x preparatory reading quizzes (10% each; total 30%)