Achieve an advanced understanding of occupational health and wellbeing’s role in modern workplaces. Classify physical and mental health issues. Unpack ergonomics and fatigue. Establish the core principles of good work design and OHS integration.
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
The field of Occupational Health is a specialist area within OHSE management. As such it is necessary for generalist OHSE professionals to have a thorough understanding of what this field encompasses. In addition, OHSE professionals are increasingly being called upon to manage wellbeing issues as well traditional primary prevention.
The evolution of the role requires you to understand the principles of good work design and the integration of OHS, health promotion, and return to work systems. In addition to these topics, this subject introduces you to a broad range of occupational health and wellbeing topics that contemporary OHSE professionals are likely to encounter such as manual tasks; psychosocial hazards (occupational stress, workplace bullying, occupational violence, shift work, and fatigue); human information processing; and wellbeing programs. In this subject you will have the opportunity to explore, discuss, and apply knowledge of the above issues, as well as prepare a detailed risk management report investigating a particular occupational health hazard, it’s mechanisms of injury, and how to control associated risk exposure. You will also have the opportunity to present a toolbox talk to a target group of workers. In doing so, this subject aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to analyse and manage a number of risk exposures with the potential to impact on worker health and wellbeing and to communicate information about these to organisational stakeholders to reduce harm to workers and others.