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    Occupational mental health; mental illness and employment; psychological assessment; alcohol and other drugs; shift work and fatigue; occupational accidents; hazard control and safety; manual handling, ergonomics and occupational overuse injury; thermal stress.

    The Diploma and Masters degree are internationally recognised as meeting the academic requirements for higher professional training for specialist registration in occupational medicine.

    About this paper

    Paper title Health, Work and Behaviour
    Subject Aviation Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MOccMed, MAvMed, MHealSc, PGCertOccMed, PGDipHealSc, PGDipOccMed

    Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interested in work, in the aviation medicine or occupational medicine industry.

    If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

    Teaching staff
    Course Director: Dr Rob Griffiths
    Paper Structure

    Core paper for the Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) and Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Occupational Medicine (MHealthSc(OccMed)) Master of Occupational Medicine (MOccMed)

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    It is taught in odd years in the first semester.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    This paper covers important elements where human behaviour, health, and safety meet with work and the work environment. We look at the effect of work on mental health and the effect of mental illness on fitness to work. Ensuring that an employment applicant to enable their capabilities to be matched to the cognitive demands of work requires evidence-based approaches to psychological assessment. There is a strong focus on hazard control and safety in order to prevent workplace accidents and occupational illness, and this includes risk factors to systems failures involving substance use or fatigue. Human performance factors include physical work activity and demands, including ergonomics.

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    Learning Outcomes

    The learning outcomes of this paper will coincide with the modules taught; these modules are

    • Occupational Mental Health and Sickness Absence
    • Mental Health & Employment
    • Psychological Assessment
    • Alcohol & Other Drugs
    • Shift Work and Fatigue Risk Management Systems
    • Accidents at Work
    • Hazard Control and Safety
    • Manual Handling
    • Ergonomics and Occupational overuse injury
    • Thermal Stress


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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