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HSW8220 Promoting Community Access and Inclusion

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) framework promotes collaboration among community leaders, people with disability, their families, and other citizens to provide equal opportunities for all people in society. It has been utilised in Australia and internationally for social planning, social enterprises, and inclusive community development and is consistent with Australia’s National Disability Strategy 2010-2020. Managers and leaders in community health, aging and disability sectors require an understanding of human functioning and health and strategies for promoting community access and inclusion. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills in applying CBR strategies with individuals and communities. The course will address access and inclusion in a variety of contexts and consider the needs of different populations.

This course introduces the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a conceptual framework and practical resources for understanding and assessing functioning and health of individuals and populations. Students will apply knowledge of accessibility, universal design and assistive technology as CBR strategies to promote access and inclusion in contexts of cultural diversity. Students will demonstrate professional communication skills in advocating for inclusive development and discussing ethical considerations in complex human services systems.
Within a Person Environment Occupation (PEO) framework, this course introduces and applies the principles of community based rehabilitation in developed and developing communities. It will cover the usage of the International Classification of Function (ICF) to understand the social and cultural models of disability, as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) needs assessment staircase in the 'Community-based Rehabilitation Indicators Manual' (2015).

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 17 May 2022