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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides a 6 week (240 hr) Fieldwork Placement in a regional, rural or remote setting under the supervision of one or more occupational therapy clinicians. Students undertake learning experiences to develop professional behaviours and competencies, and integrate and apply theory and skills learned in previous units. Reflective practice and the development of clinical reasoning are key components of this unit.

Unit content

For the Regional, Rural and Remote Fieldwork, a full day preparatory workshop is conducted one to two weeks prior to placement. The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Regional, Rural and Remote living
  • Areas of concern
  • Boundaries
  • Assessment while on fieldwork - SPEF-R
  • Professional portfolio
  • Requirements on fieldwork
  • Critical reflective journal
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Initiative
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-resilience
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Management of caseload
  • Learning Styles
  • Feedback.

For this unit students have specific assessment tasks that they have to complete in order to pass the unit of study e.g. critical reflections and professional portfolio. The students are assessed by the supervisor on fieldwork using the SPEF-R (Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised) and they are specifically assessed on the below domains:

  • Professional Behaviour
  • Self-management skills
  • Co-worker communication
  • Communication Skills
  • Documentation
  • Information Gathering
  • Service Provision
  • Service Evaluation.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Demonstrate a professional and ethical approach to practice.
2 Demonstrate an emerging level of competence and performance in identified core areas of Occupational Therapy practice as specified in the Australian Minimum Competency Standards for New Graduate Occupational therapists (2010)
3 Demonstrate the development of professional problem solving and clinical reasoning skills relevant to occupational therapy service delivery
4 Create and maintain appropriate client records, reports and other required documentation.
5 Demonstrate a high level of verbal communication skills with clients, families, staff and relevant others with increasing levels of independence.
6 Demonstrate and practice a high level of initiative and self-direction
7 Reflect on fieldwork experiences demonstrating a deep level of understanding

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a professional and ethical approach to practice.
    • GA5:
  2. Demonstrate an emerging level of competence and performance in identified core areas of Occupational Therapy practice as specified in the Australian Minimum Competency Standards for New Graduate Occupational therapists (2010)
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. Demonstrate the development of professional problem solving and clinical reasoning skills relevant to occupational therapy service delivery
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. Create and maintain appropriate client records, reports and other required documentation.
    • GA6:
  5. Demonstrate a high level of verbal communication skills with clients, families, staff and relevant others with increasing levels of independence.
    • GA6:
  6. Demonstrate and practice a high level of initiative and self-direction
    • GA5:
  7. Reflect on fieldwork experiences demonstrating a deep level of understanding
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.