OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice (8)

This subject develops communication skills for occupational therapy practice with an emphasis on the language used within practice settings. Specific occupational therapy communication 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. A component of the subject includes 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

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 demonstrate appropriate communication skills and professional behaviour required for occupational therapy practice;
  • be able to identify, describe and demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication skills relevant to occupational therapy practice, and describe the link between effective communication and health outcomes;
  • be able to identify areas of strength and areas for development in their communication skills and develop realistic strategies to continue to improve their communication skills; and
  • 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 with a particular focus on respectful communication skills relevant to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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; and
  • Occupational therapy workplace learning placement.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of OCC103 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Written reflection on simulated interview
Workplace learning experience
Reflective presentation on workplace communication

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.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.