OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities (8)

This subject introduces students to understanding how the social determinants of health impact the health and wellbeing of the individual and communities.

Students will explore the principles of health promotion and community development and their application to occupational therapy practice. To do this successfully students will extend their knowledge of diversity within communities and of Australian history and Indigenous culture in order to design community programs that are meaningful and culturally responsive.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie 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 prepare and present a researched argument about a contemporary community health and / or social issue that makes connections between the issue and the social determinants of health;
  • be able to reflect on their own cultural competency and how it influences their decision making as an occupational therapist;
  • be able to analyse a health promotion and/or a community based program for cultural competence and identify if strategies used have been developed respectfully, and where appropriate developed in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • be able to design an occupation based community program that is based on the principles of health promotion and community development and cultural competence; and
  • be able to justify how their design decisions in the community program reflect the principles of health promotion and community development and cultural competence.


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; and
  • Culturally safe practice.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of OCC304 in Session 1 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 %
Community health and wellbeing debate
Community program proposal
Working with indigenous australian communities

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.