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Exercise for Workplace Health and Occupational Rehabilitation CXA417


This unit is designed to meet the ESSA Professional Standards for Exercise Physiology graduates in understanding national, state, and other compensable schemes and legislation related to AEP practice in the fields of Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), and Occupational Rehabilitation.

Students will learn the roles an AEP may play in WHS and occupational rehabilitation settings, and develop skill in designing, conducting and evaluating worksite ergonomic and risk assessments, in assessing and instructing manual handling skills, and in designing return to work and injury management plans.

Students will learn effective communication techniques for case assessment, management, evaluation and conferencing, and learning how to develop a case management plan using an ethical decision-making framework.

Students will also learn to apply foundational knowledge of musculoskeletal injuries, common mental illnesses, and their treatments to the design and translation into practice of evidence-based functional capacity assessments and work conditioning programs for clients managed under workers compensation schemes. This unit is designed to complement Clinical Practicum units 2 and 3.


Unit name Exercise for Workplace Health and Occupational Rehabilitation
Unit code CXA417
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Sibella Hardcastle
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on the roles of Allied Health Professionals in workplace health and occupational rehabilitation settings within the context of national and local workers compensation schemes, legislation and frameworks.
  • Evaluate and report on workplace hazards and injury risk mitigation strategies.
  • Perform job task analyses of workplace roles and effectively evaluate employee requirements to perform such duties in workplace health and occupational rehabilitation settings.
  • Create, deliver and apply appropriate functional capacity assessments in the workplace for the delivery of functional conditioning and return to work program
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with stakeholders (eg. clients, employers, insurers, doctors, specialists, and other health professionals), to initiate rehabilitation plans and reports designed to optimise return to work outcomes in workplace health and occupational rehabilitation settings.
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Teaching Pattern

Mandatory on campus attendance is required. Six days of face-to-face delivery containing a mixture of lecture, tutorial and workshop material. Self- directed learning approximately 80 hrs. A combination of lectures, practicals and self-directed learning per semester. (~130 hours).

AssessmentExamination - invigilated (centrally) (40%)|Assignment (20%)|Assignment (40%)
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You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

Marfleet F, Trueman S & Barber R. National Standards of Practice for Case Management. 3rd Edn. Case Management Society of Australia and New Zealand.

  1. Workcover Tasmania (2010-2018). Workers Compensation Handbook: The Basics
  2. Worksafe Victoria (2012).  Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services
  3. Safe Work Australia (2016). Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice.
  4. Safe Work Australia (2012). Principles of good work design: A work health and safety handbook.
  5. WorkCover Tasmania (ND). About return to work and injury management plans.
  6. Dwyer et al (2014). Clinical Reasoning pathway for job analysis and return to work.
  7. Comcare (2016). First Steps Back: A guide to suitable employment for rehabilitation case managers
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