OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice (8)

This subject develops occupational therapy relevant written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on the language used within health settings. Specific occupational therapy communication tasks and skills are addressed including interviewing skills, professional writing (written reports), and communicating with a range of people from diverse backgrounds and situations, and people who may have communication difficulties. Part of this subject will focus on communication skills relevant to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Part of this subject will also focus on developing the students' identity as occupational therapists.  A component of the subject includes 75 hours of supervised occupational therapy workplace learning.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie 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

Grading System



One session


School 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 articulate and demonstrate their occupational therapy identity
  • 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 improving their communication skills
  • be able to identify and implement occupational therapy relevant techniques for enhancing communication
  • be able to describe the impact of effective verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as miscommunication, and how this links to health outcomes
  • be able to identify and implement respectful communication skills relevant to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • be able to identify and implement occupational therapy 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 occupational therapy 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 write a professional occupational therapy report with supervision
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional behaviour in a practice setting


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Occupational therapy language and identity
  • Attending behaviours and active listening
  • Communicating as an occupational therapist
  • Occupational therapy report writing
  • Interviewing skills
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Exploring communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples as an occupational therapist
  • Communicating with a broad range of people who have diverse communication abilities
  • Communicating with non-English speaking people and the use of interpreters
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional behaviour in an occupational therapy practice settings
  • Occupational therapy workplace learning placement

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

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.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.