Courses & Units

Contemporary Disability Practice ZAC208

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


Support services, both mainstream and specialised, are adopting contemporary disability practices to enable self-determination, choice and control by people with disability. This unit examines these concepts in both a historical context and in relation to the Disability Royal Commission and the transformational reform agenda of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Using a rights-based framework, you will explore themes of power and control, and develop professional skills in facilitating capacity building. This unit will support your skill development in effective communication, advocacy, lobbying and support coordination, and deepen your understanding of the meaning of ‘citizenship’ and how it can be realised in the context of disability.


Unit name Contemporary Disability Practice
Unit code ZAC208
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Health
Coordinator Doctor Anne Heath
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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

  • Critically appraise the theories, frameworks and principles that underpin contemporary disability practice
  • Apply strategies and approaches that build citizenship and the capacity to fully participate for people with a disability
  • Use communication, lobbying, advocacy and coordination skills to respond to identified needs and barriers experienced by people with disabilities
  • Apply practice and discipline-based skills and knowledge to promote contemporary disability practices that enable self-determination, choice and control
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
061309 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1.5 hour online tutorials and 1 x 4 hour workshop per semester (on campus or online).

AssessmentAT2: Practice Development Portfolio (35%)|AT1: Discussion Board (15%)|AT3: Evolving Case Study (50%)
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