Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


The course examines the relationship of occupation, health and wellbeing, from a national and international perspective. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate the adequacy of the predominantly "Western" approach found in much occupational science literature when considering the relationship between these three concepts. They will evaluate the adequacy of this approach when describing the links between occupation, health, and well-being for culturally diverse communities both in Australia and throughout the world.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse the cultural, political, economic, technological, social and environmental factors that influence the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing for individuals, communities and populations nationally and internationally

2. Evaluate the application of occupational science to occupational therapy in Australia and throughout the world

3. Examine your perception of health and occupation as a point of reference in working with others

4. Demonstrate preparedness for contextually-relevant, occupation-centred practice with diverse persons and populations


Topics include:

  1. Occupational Science
  2. Occupational Justice
  3. Occupational Therapy
  4. Participation
  5. Global Health
  6. Cultural Responsibility
  7. Evidence-based Practice
  8. Indigenous Community Engagement
  9. Occupational Therapy Without Borders
  10. Examples from contemporary and/or local occupational therapy practice


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) (12338) program, and have successfully completed STAT1070, HLSC4120, OCCT4163 AND OCCT4170.

Assumed knowledge

This course requires successful completion of the prior 3 years of study in all occupational therapy courses.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Case & Reading Analysis

Presentation: Mock Service Project Presentation

In Term Test: Formal Examintation

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Lecture for 6 Hours per Week for 4 Weeks in Weeks 10 -13.

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.