OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice (8)


This subject develops written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on the language of health professions. Specific occupational therapy communication tasks and skills are addressed including interviewing skills, professional writing (wirtten reports), and communicating with a range of people from diverse backgrounds and situations, and people who may have communication difficulties,including those who may use assisted communication strategies and devices. A component of the subject includes 75 hours of supervised occupational therapy workplace learning.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC103
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Student must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify areas of strength in their communication skills;
  • be able to identify areas for development and improvement of their communication skills;
  • be able to develop strategies for developing and improving their communication skills;
  • be able to identify and implement techniques for enhancing communication;
  • be able to identify and implement techniques used in communicating with a broad range of people, including clients, families, and carers of clients, and other health professionals;
  • be able to demonstrate a range of interviewing strategies, and develop a beginning understanding of counselling skills;
  • be able to apply a range of strategies for delivering effective oral presentations and to writw a professional occupational therapy report with supervision.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Attending behaviours and active listening
  • Interviewing skills
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Report writing
  • Reflective practice
  • Communicating with a broad range of people who have diverse communication abilities
  • Using interpreters
  • Using assistive communication technology
  • Occupational therapy workplace learning placement

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 10 days duration. Students are required to do a two-week full-time workplace learning placement to practice their communication, professional behaviour, and self-management skills under the supervision of a practicing occupational therapist.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.