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OT3006 - Rural and Urban Practice - Australian OT Perspectives

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Available to students in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Post Qualification) only

This subject is only available for international occupational therapy practitioners who have a prior Diploma or Bachelor qualification (minimum length of course - 3 years) in occupational therapy that is accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. The subject will provide a minimum of 152 hours (4 weeks at 38 hours/week) of supervised clinical placement with flexible support from the University, to integrate academic material and clinical experience, with a new observational and practical clinical education. The placement will be either rural or urban and will enable the student to apply, utilise and develop the theories and principles of occupational therapy in a variety of settings. Students may be required to undertake clinical placements in a facility away from the campus at which they are currently enrolled, at their own expense.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to demonstrate data collection techniques for total quality management of the client and/or training facility and a competence in communication skills to enable therapeutic interactions with clients;
  • ability to use observational and evaluation techniques for assessing the client's health or disability status and critically analyse the inter-relationship between occupational therapy theory, research and intervention;
  • demonstrate an ability to integrate physical and psychological intervention available to occupational therapists across the lifespan;
  • demonstrate an awareness of and ability to work in a variety of environments, including health facilities, community services, educational and industrial services, the home or private enterprise;
  • demonstrate higher problem solving skills in formulating aims of intervention and applying therapeutic activities and techniques in a culturally aware manner across the spectrum of rural and urban settings.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams.
Prerequisites: OT3003 and OT3002 (ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR OT3003 AND OT3002)


Townsville, Study Period 6, Placement/work experience
Census Date 21-Jun-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>, Mrs Karen Salata
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Mrs Karen Salata.
Workload expectations:
  • 0 hours lectures
  • 152 hours clinical placement
Assessment: pas/fail - learning plan (%); pass/fail - integrated learning tasks (%); pass/fail - introductory letter to supervisor (%); pass/fail - student practice evaluation form - revised (%); pass/fail - attendance record (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: This subject will receive a grade of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. All assessments tasks must be passed to achieve a satisfactory in this subject.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.