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Occupational Therapy Practice 4 CXA721

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements.

Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.


This unit consolidates knowledge and skills related to professional practice issues and communication in occupational therapy and prepare students to transition to professional practice. A range of professional issues that newly graduated professionals may encounter are explored. Occupational therapy approaches are studied in relation to prevention, management and optimisation of client potential and the application of a client-centred and evidence-based approach to direct client interventions. The unit is strongly focused on developing advanced clinical skills and knowledge for the evaluation and management of advanced, chronic and complex conditions and includes studies in advanced concepts in occupational therapy professional practice, health communication and areas of complex and chronic disease occupational therapy assessment and intervention.


Unit name Occupational Therapy Practice 4
Unit code CXA721
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Professor Angela Berndt
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Perform and evaluate client-centred and evidence-based initiatives and service provision for clients with complex and chronic conditions using sound clinical reasoning and evidence- based practice.
  • Demonstrate entry-to-practice level health communication and reflect on the adaptation of professional communication skills to assist problem solving in complex clinical situations.
  • Apply critical self-reflection and the attributes of life-long learning, inquiry and relate to ongoing professional development as an occupational therapist as a client advocate and as an emerging leader within your discipline.
  • Produce a professional portfolio of evidence that demonstrates entry-level competence required for initial registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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CXA720 Occupational Therapy Practice 3


CXA722 Chronicity, Complexity and Service Delivery


AssessmentProfessional Portfolio|Applied Clinical Reasoning: Client with a chronic or complex condition. (30%)|Assessment of Occupational Therapy Practice (30%)|Occupational Therapy Skills Performance. (40%)
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