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Foundations of Occupational Therapy CXA716


The unit introduces key occupational therapy terminology related to the meaning and value of occupation, and concepts that are foundational to occupational therapy practice. Students will examine the interplay between sociological, psychological and environmental factors that influence health and wellbeing. Using occupation as the organising framework of occupational therapy, students investigate theories, models and the science of occupation to consider the relationship between mental health, wellbeing, and human occupation. The links between the human need to engage in occupation and the various psychological processes that influence participation are also examined as the basis for optimising the enablement of occupation.


Unit name Foundations of Occupational Therapy
Unit code CXA716
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Lisa Dalton
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse concepts in occupation including occupational performance, enablement, participation, and justice.
  • Apply evidence-informed occupational therapy processes and practices to support people‚Äôs meaningful participation in occupations.
  • Analyse and explain the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing.
  • Analyse sociological and psychological theories, as well as perspectives on mental health and illness, and their relationship to occupational therapy practice.
  • Critically reflect on and recognise the effect of own values and beliefs in occupational therapy for ethical and culturally responsive and safe manner practice.
  • Use theoretical and practical knowledge of Recovery in the application of occupational therapy process and practice for working with clients with mental health conditions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
061703 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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CXA717 Occupational Therapy Practice 1


AssessmentActive Recovery and Trauma Informed Occupational Therapy (40%)|Occupational Performance Report (30%)|Designing an occupational group therapy program (30%)
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