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    Disability assessment; workplace assessment; communication, consultation, and negotiation; risk assessment and risk communication; funding and management of occupational health; occupational medicine and the law; research and medical informatics in occupational medicine; setting up and running an occupational medicine programme; quality assurance in occupational medicine.

    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 Managing Occupational Medicine
    Subject Aviation Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (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, PGDipHealSc, PGDipOccMed

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

    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
    Additional Paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine (PGDipOccMed).

    Part of the Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) and Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Occupational Medicine (MHealthSc(OccMed)) programmes.
    Teaching Arrangements

    This is a fully distance-taught paper and is taught in even years in the first semester.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    The occupational health service in a large organisation is a business unit like any other in the organisation, and needs to be managed and resourced to work effectively. Topics covered are the assessment of individual performance especially when a worker has functional limitations. Students also develop their concepts of hazard to that of risk; one important aspect of this is how to communicate occupational and environmental risks to workers and communities. Key resources for occupational health services are legal, financial, and informational, and how to apply these effectively are described.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, lifelong learning, communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, information literacy, self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes
    The goal of this paper is to provide core competencies in how to manage occupational health services directed at a wide range of hazards and a wide range of settings. It takes a broad definition of occupational medicine to include disability assessment, medical legal work, workers compensation and environmental health.


    Semester 1

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