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Health, Environment and Ability CXA723


The unit examines the interactions between people and other elements of a complex system in terms of occupational engagement and performance. The theory, method and principles of human factors science are introduced to situate occupational engagement and performance in a range of influential contexts. Students will develop knowledge of the risk management process informed by WHS legislation and apply principles of human factors science to the design of systems to enhance human performance and safety within workplace, community, leisure, and home settings. Work related determinants of health are examined and students will gain understanding of how work participation can impact physical, psychological, and cognitive health and wellbeing. Students will develop skills required to improve activities of daily living and identify, assess and control health and safety risks using risk management principles to enable participation by modifying environments using human
centered design principles.


Unit name Health, Environment and Ability
Unit code CXA723
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Lisa Dalton
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse the impact of culture, attitudes, values, and beliefs on the assessment, intervention and outcome measurement of occupational participation for people with a disability.
  • Critically reflect on using the concepts of equity, diversity and inclusion to communicate and interact with people who are different from oneself to inform professional development.
  • Assess design features in the built environment and interpret objective data to support formulate plans to improve accessibility.
  • Use clinical reasoning and the principles of neuroplasticity to support people with disabilities to manage everyday occupations to establish independence and improve their quality of lifestyle.
  • Use positive behaviour support strategies to build on a person's strengths and increase their opportunities to participate in community activities and develop new skills.
  • Identify strategies to support service users in the context of disability policy in Australia.
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


AssessmentAdvocating for Inclusivity Assignment (30%)|Interview: Participation in home, leisure and play settings (30%)|Living With Disability: Accessibility Audit and Service Users Report (40%)
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