OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities (8)

The subject focuses on the social determinants of health and the ways in which health professionals can work collaboratively with communities to improve health and wellbeing. The subject builds on prior learning of Australian history and Indigenous culture and moves beyond individualistic approaches to health.  It examines the concepts of health promotion and community development, and explores differences between public health and primary health.  The subject also addresses topics such as racism, privilege, discrimination, trauma and trauma-informed practice.  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 communities, including culturally and linguistically diverse communities.



Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of and skills in professional decision-making and critical thinking as applied to various client-based scenarios; understanding of and ability to apply key theoretical models, research and theories related to occupational therapy practice; understanding of person-centred practice. Understanding of the role of occupational therapy and group work in the field of psychosocial health and wellbeing; knowledge of the benefits of group work in contemporary practice; knowledge and skill in professional reasoning and occupation-focused group work in a variety of  group therapy programs; client/patient engagement skills

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 and wellbeing in Australia
  • be able to advocate, research, discuss, argue, appreciate and evaluate different perspectives on contemporary health and social issues
  • be able to analyse and apply health promotion and community development strategies for a range of communities
  • be able to justify and apply the community consultation and partnership principles that support service delivery
  • be able to describe health promotion and community development strategies developed respectfully and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • be able to analyse the contemporary role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, organisations, and communities in delivering culturally safe health care to 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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social model of health
  • Social determinants of health and equity principles
  • International health promotion conventions
  • Equity and the politics of health care
  • Racism and discrimination, stigma and stereotyping, power and privilege
  • Indigenous health promotion, community development and building partnerships
  • Community profiles, needs assessment and consultations
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Trauma informed care and practice
  • Culturally safe practice


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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.