Course Outline

SPX413 Case Management and Occupational Rehabilitation

Course Coordinator:Meegan Walker ( School:School of Health - Sport and Exercise Science

2024Session 5

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you will add to your knowledge of exercise for clinical rehabilitation and further develop skills in evidence-based clinical decision making through the study of work-related illnesses and injuries in the context of employee compensation systems. You will learn related skills in worksite occupational health and safety assessment, occupational case management, functional capacity evaluations, clinical assessment, exercise management, multidisciplinary care, referral, and discharge required for the clinical care of people with work-related conditions.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Blended learning activities included tutorials, case study analyses, simulated learning scenarios and guest speaker workshops. This workshop will run daily each morning of the intensive for 3 hours. 15hrs Week 4 2 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Blended learning including simulated activities, case study skills, exercise assessments and programming for special population groups and workshops. This workshop will run daily for each day of the intensive in the afternoon. During some days, the student cohort may be split into 2 groups each afternoon dependent on the class size. 20hrs Week 4 2 times

Course Topics

  • Introduction to functional capacity evaluations (FCE)
  • Pre-employment exercise testing
  • Return to work assessments
  • Task analysis and physical demands analysis
  • Work in extreme environments
  • Using task analysis to inform FCE and return to work planning
  • Chronic pain, pain behaviour, catastrophising, fear-avoidance behaviour
  • Programming exercise for work hardening
  • Programming exercise for work re-training
  • Health legislation and governance in Australia
  • Health records acts, Privacy acts, Freedom of information acts
  • Professional boundaries and reporting issues for practitioners in workplaces
  • Employee compensation systems
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Medicare and private insurance schemes
  • Billing and health system navigation
  • Role of the occupational rehabilitation case manager
  • Medicolegal report writing
  • Graduated return to work: risks and benefits for employee, employer, colleagues, insurer
  • Legal processes: mediation, hearing, trial (criminal).
  • Corporate health schemes
  • Exercise for health promotion in the workplace

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Explain the legal rights and obligations of working as an exercise physiologist in the Australia health system, including employee compensation systems. Empowered
2 Explain the role, skills, and scope of practice of an exercise physiologist in occupational rehabilitation, multidisciplinary care, referral, and discharge within the Australian health system. Empowered
3 Apply knowledge of medical, surgical, and allied health management of work-related illnesses and injuries within the scope of practice of an exercise physiologist. Knowledgeable
4 Apply clinical decision making in order to undertake functional capacity evaluations, clinical assessment, exercise management, suitable for occupational rehabilitation practice. Empowered
5 Apply clinical decision making to the recognition of signs and symptoms of clinical conditions before, during, and after exercise. Empowered
6 Identify contraindications to exercise for occupational rehabilitation, and apply this knowledge by taking appropriate action. Empowered
7 Access and apply scientific research and current clinical guidelines to clinical decision-making in occupational rehabilitation Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


SPX300 and SPX410 and SPX411 and enrolled in Program SC346 or SC304




Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed that you will build upon your knowledge of the Australian health system, health promotion, public health, epidemiology, and your skills in clinical history taking, record keeping, physical examination, clinical assessment, and evidence-based clinical decision-making gained in previous 3rd and 4th year courses.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The first assessment will be held on Friday of the first week of the course. Feedback on this task and a numerical score will be provided to you prior to the commencement of the second week of the course.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 50%
30 minutes
Week 1 In Class
All 2 Activity Participation Individual 50%
120 minutes
Week 2 In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Practical Exam
To demonstrate skills in the selection and performance of functional capacity evaluations, clinical assessment, exercise management, suitable for occupational rehabilitation practice.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
You will perform the role of the "exercise physiologist". You will choose a case study from a small selection and you will have time to prepare notes before your exam. You may take these notes into the exam with you.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Applies clinical decision making to scenario
2 3 4 5 6 7
Applies recognised procedures to physical assessment practices
3 4 7
Applies knowledge to identify signs & symptoms
3 5 6
Applies knowledge to identify contraindications to exercise for rehabilitation
1 6
Presentation and use of appropriate terminology
3 7
Demonstrates understanding of scope of practice
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Court cases
To identify and apply health law and governance relevant to exercise physiology practice in Australia.
Product: Activity Participation
You will be presented with the background to three cases that are on their way to court. You will assume the role of expert exercise physiologist, assisting the legal team with their preparation of the case. You will need to identify the health laws that are relevant to each case and use this legislation to discuss best practice for each case. You may also need to explain the possible penalties, in the event that the defendant exercise physiologist is found guilty. You will prepare a written report responding to specific questions about each case.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate your understanding of the role, skills, and scope of practice of an exercise physiologist in occupational rehabilitation within the Australian health system.
1 2 3 4 7
Demonstrate your understanding of ethical, evidence-based practice and your legal obligations as a health practitioner within the Australian health system.
1 2 3 4 7
Gather information, and read, apply and debate current clinical guidelines and your legal obligations as a health practitioner in occupational rehabilitation and Australian employee compensation schemes.
1 2 3 7
Peer feedback regarding contributions to the group will be required (shared statement of contribution). Unless peers agree an alternate proportional allocation of marks, the same result will be allocated to all group members.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
This course is delivered intensively over two weeks, Monday to Friday, 9am - noon and 1 - 4:30pm daily.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

You are expected to already own a personal set of clinical tools, including: tailor's tape measure (150cm, flexible), large plastic goniometer, sphygmomanometer, and stethoscope. It is expected that you will retain these tools throughout your working life.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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