1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
8 x 1-hour independent studies weekly
1 22.5 Units in DSRS3 topics
2 Admission into BDDERC-Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (Rehab Counselling)
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Basic and applied counselling & case management theory and practice; demonstrated understanding of a broad range of disability-related issues, including conceptual understanding of the labour market, ethical and legal issues, and factors influencing employment and community participation for people living with disability and disadvantage.
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation
Topic description

This topic provides an introduction to the legislation, knowledge and theoretical principles underpinning effective professional practice in compensable rehabilitation settings. These areas include: an overview of relevant Commonwealth and State legislation pertaining to workers', accident and criminal injuries' compensation; patterns of occupational and other compensable injury, illness and disability in Australia; opportunities to extend and apply key counselling and case management skills necessary to balance the needs of stakeholders at each stage in the rehabilitation process as it relates to compensable injury.

Educational aims

This topic focuses on the theoretical and practical underpinnings of effective professional practice in injury management and occupational rehabilitation, with an emphasis on facilitating:

  • An understanding of the legislative framework, systems, knowledge and skills required to facilitate the central roles, functions and stages of injury management and occupational rehabilitation
  • Increased awareness of patterns of occupational, accident and other compensable injury in Australia
  • An understanding of the ethical, professional and self-care issues associated with the case management process in compensable injury environments
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate increased knowledge and awareness of patterns of compensable injury in Australia, and of legislation, systems, policies and procedures relevant to its effective management in industry
  2. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of best practice in the counselling and case management process relating to compensable injuries
  3. Demonstrate an ability to work individually and with team members to assist workers, insurers, employers and significant others to formulate specific goals related to their injury management needs
  4. Apply enhanced skills in report writing, and development of cost-effective individual assessment and rehabilitation plans, including return to work (RTW) plans, negotiation and advocacy in relation to compensable injury
  5. Demonstrate an augmented capacity to work both independently and as a contributing team member, and increased understanding of the importance of ethical, professional and self-care issues in effective maintenance of human service roles in this field of practice
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to facilitating own and peers' learning through participation in individual and team activities associated with this topic

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.