Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2012 (Day)
Alfred Hospital First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr R Stuckey


The effects and human cost of occupational disease and injury, occupational health and safety law, worker's compensation, negligence, occupational rehabilitation, historical achievements and challenges, international and national organisations.


This unit aims to provide an introduction to occupational health and safety. On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe the human and economic cost and causes of workplace injury and death;
  2. explain the intent and structure of the legal framework of OHS, including the roles of:
    1. Robens type legislation;
    2. OHS representatives;
    3. OHS committees;
    4. worker's compensation;
    5. common law;
    6. unions;
  3. describe various injury models;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of OHS and rehabilitation program and service management;
  5. describe the impact on OHS of contemporary work patterns in Australia and internationally.
  6. discuss some of the achievements and future challenges of OHS.


Web-based tasks (15%)
Assignments (45%)
Examination (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rwth Stuckey

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 block days

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