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OT4002 - Contemporary Issues for Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject enables small groups of students to be self directed in focussing on contemporary practice issues. The changes and challenges of existing concepts for Occupational Therapy will be explored, along with new skills to equip therapists into the twenty-first century to enable them to work more effectively in the current and future work arena. Topics relevant to the current social, political and economic climate for occupational therapy practice will be explored and may amongst others include, cost containment issues, the multiple determinants of health, inequity of service provision, consumer advocacy, indigenous health, community and rural practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe and analyse current trends in health and social policy and their consequences for clients and care providers;
  • discuss current issues effecting practice now and in the future with particular emphasis on Indigenous and rural issues for rural and Indigenous health;
  • discuss how occupational therapists might influence the development of social policy for reducing social inequality;
  • explore various directions and roles for occupational therapy;
  • review, consolidate and integrate previously acquired learning into a coherent basis for practice and professional development.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Abstract - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Annotated bibliography - (25%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

Prerequisites: OT3004 AND OT3005
OT4102 OT4103 OT4104


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Trish Wielandt, Mr Brock Cook, Ms Meagan Hanks
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Trish Wielandt, Mr Brock Cook, Mrs Susan Melchert.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 5 hours tutorials
  • 11 hours specialised - Meetings
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.