Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


The aim of this course is to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the role of occupational therapy in health promotion and prevention of illness and disability. Students will learn about determinants of health and health inequalities, principles of health promotion and how these are addressed in occupational therapy practice with a particular emphasis on lifestyle, balance and the role of leisure.

Learning will take place through a combination of lectures, workshop sessions and independent activities, underpinned by the principles of experience-based learning.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Determine the existence of and factors contributing to health inequalities for a given population group.

2. Outline the principles of health promotion and prevention in occupational therapy practice.

3. Outline the association between leisure and health and wellbeing and the role of leisure in health promotion and prevention

4. Apply appropriate theoretical frameworks, research evidence and policy to inform clinical reasoning around interventions targeting health promotion and leisure participation

5. Develop and evaluate occupational therapy interventions for health promotion and leisure participation for individual, group and population level practice


This course will include content about:

  • Definitions of concepts related to health and promotion and prevention and leisure in occupational therapy.
  • Determinants of health, health inequalities, health promotion priorities (conditions, risk factors and populations).
  • Needs assessment for ocupational therapy health promotion and prevention and lesiure interventions.
  • Policy and theory informing occupational therapy health promotion and prevention interventions,
  • Considerations when working with specific population groups including Indigenous people.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264 and HLSC4120.

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Presentation

Written Assignment: Leisure Participation Reflection

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.