OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities (8)


The subject focuses on participatory ways in which occupational therapists work collaboratively with members of diverse communities, and builds on prior occupation, occupational therapy, and Indigenous and cultural content within the curriculum. It moves beyond individualistic approaches to health and examines the concepts within public health, primary health, health promotion and community development. Regional, state, national and international perspectives and policies relating to health and wellbeing are explored and students are asked to consider how these perspectives impact on the particular needs of diverse communities.


+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC304
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

Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Occupational Therapy(Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and critically reflect on equality, equity and social justice relating to health, wellbeing and occupations in Australia
  • be able to advocate, research, discuss, argue, appreciate and evaluate different perspectives on contemporary health and social issues
  • be able to describe and apply health promotion and community development strategies for a range of communities
  • be able to describe and apply the community consultation and partnership principles that support service delivery
  • be able to apply health promotion, community development and occupational therapy strategies respectfully and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • be able to propose and evaluate evidenced-based programs that aim to meet identified health and wellbeing needs of a community
  • be able to critically reflect on their own cultural competency journey


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Occupation-centred service delivery in diverse communities
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Social model of health
  • International health promotion conventions
  • Equity and the politics of health care
  • Stigma and sterotyping
  • Needs assessment
  • Community profiles and consultations
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation


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.