OCC416 Political, socio-cultural, professional and organisational contexts of practice (8)

This subject will engage students in critically examining professional practice in occupational therapy in relation to Indigenous Australian people, considering the impact of standpoint. Students will analyse the social, cultural and historical dimensions of the diverse experience of Australian Indigenous people to design strategies for ongoing development informed by a human rights and social justice framework. Students will consider strengths based and community-led approaches for engaging with Indigenous Australian people and diverse cultural groups. They will debate the impact of a range of contemporary issues on occupational therapy practice leading to a critical evaluation of the effects  occupational therapy could have on contemporary global, national or local sociocultural and political issues. Students will also identify their personal strengths and develop a plan for their continuing professional development relevant to the knowledge, skills and values required for their emerging role as a new graduate occupational therapist and for professional registration.

Note: Students completing OCC416 will attend the lectures and tutorials/workshops for OCC414 Professional and Organisational Contexts of Practice and OCC415 Socio-cultural and Political Contexts of Practice.  However, students completing OCC416 will do different assessments to the students enrolled in OCC414 and OCC415

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC416. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have completed the four workplace learning subjects in second session third year and first session fourth year of the course as this subject draws on the understanding that students have gained from working in a diverse range of practice settings.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Reflexively examine their professional practice in relation to Indigenous Australian people, considering impact of standpoint
  • Critically analyse the social, cultural and historical dimensions of occupational therapy and health practice as it relates to Indigenous Australian people
  • Design professional strategies for continued learning and development of cultural capabilities in health practice
  • be able to reflect on, self-evaluate and plan their continuing professional development relevant to knowledge, skills and values required for their emerging role as a new graduate occupational therapist
  • be able to explore strategies for self-management that contribute to resilience in practice, and effective approaches and processes for working in teams and workplaces


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social, cultural, historical and professional positioning
  • Critique of occupational therapy as a profession
  • Theories of race and the legacy of historical ideologies in contemporary practice
  • Historical and contemporary policies and practicies as related to health of Indigenous Australian people
  • Professional identity and personal strengths
  • Continuing professional development specific to enhancing cultural competence within a professional philosophy framed by human rights and social justice
  • Resilience in practice
  • Effective approaches for working in teams and workplaces
  • Quality improvement
  • Professional registration
  • Transitioning from student to new graduate
  • Diversity of experiences and diversity of strategies


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.