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    Conducting a review; workers' compensation; work rehabilitation; graduated return to work; functional capacity evaluation; activity prescription; psychosocial obstacles to return to work; work and workplace assessment; disability assessment.

    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 Vocational Rehabilitation
    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
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    REHB 706 and REHX 706
    Limited to
    MOccMed, MAvMed, MHealSc (Endorsed)

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    Teaching staff

    Dr Rob Griffiths

    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    It is taught each year in the second semester.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Course outline

    An important element of health and safety tertiary prevention is work to enable injured workers to return to work. Work rehabilitation is an established multidisciplinary activity that enables workers to be medically, socially, and vocationally enabled to maximise their health and performance. This may be to their pre-injury job, to alternative work, or onto an unemployment benefit. Work can be temporarily or permanently modified to enable a differently abled work to engage in meaningful employment. Assessment of fitness to work in a range of occupations is not well taught to physicians, and the pre-placement assessment of ill and injured workers, or disability assessment for the purpose of obtaining benefits is covered in detail.

    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, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, research, self-motivation, teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will develop skill in
    • The use of research techniques
    • Understanding work rehabilitation in context
    • Addressing barriers to return to work
    • Systematic assessment


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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