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Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Learning Outcomes

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


Course Learning Outcome

Graduate Quality


Explain occupational therapy service provision and related decisions within the context of knowledge about the Australian Health system and its impact on the delivery of sustainable health care services.

Depth of disciplinary expertise


Apply a sound conceptual base to therapy service delivery which integrates knowledge and understanding of human structure, function, behaviour, development, health and disease, with human occupation, occupational performance and participation for individuals, families, communities.

Depth of disciplinary expertise


Integrate the research process with clinical and professional practice by using evidence-informed practice principles and the skills of scientific inquiry as the basis for decision-making and evaluation of therapy outcomes.

Depth of disciplinary expertise


Assess, develop and evaluate solutions to challenges for individuals, families, and communities as they relate to their well-being and occupations, that are adapted to specific, client-centred situations and contexts.

Critical thinking and Problem solving


Effectively use multiple oral, text and affective communication styles to convey key messages about the unique features of occupational therapy goals, and assessment and intervention outcomes to consumers, clients, colleagues and the broader community.

Communication (oral and written)


Apply technological literacy skills to health management and communication.

Information and Digital literacy


Respond effectively to the need for innovation and development of new and emerging areas of occupational therapy practice which will enhance performance and participation of people, communities, organisations and societies served.



Provide effective occupational therapy services across a wide range of client populations, age groups, cultural and practice contexts by showing cultural sensitivity, awareness of personal cultural perspectives.

Cultural competence


Engage effectively with Indigenous individuals, families and communities by: using knowledge about the epidemiology of Indigenous health and of specific health; the well-being issues of relevance to Indigenous communities; and the different Indigenous health settings and primary health care approaches in a respectful and reflective way.

Cultural competence


Deliver demonstrated occupational health outcomes as members of interdisciplinary teams.

Interdisciplinary effectiveness


Provide occupational therapy services at entry-level of competence as an occupational therapy practitioner, consistent with Australian Competency Standards for New Graduate Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Integrated professional, ethical and personal identity


Be an active advocate, promoting occupational justice in programs which direct local and population-wide opportunities for engagement and quality of life for people affected by health and disability, and related access to optimal participation in society.