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What is AOSC?

Overview of the AOSC

The Australasian Occupational Science Centre (AOSC) is a community education and research centre within the Centre for Health Service Development, at the University of Wollongong. It is located at the University's Shoalhaven Campus, in Nowra. AOSC is based on the premise of occupational science that people need to participate in purposeful occupation for their health and wellbeing.

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AOSC will promote an occupational perspective of health and well being through its local occupation-based research and projects.

Three key beliefs underlie the AOSC's occupational perspective:

  • People need to participate in a balanced range of purposeful occupations for their health and well being.
  • People have a right to participate in occupations relevant to their community.
  • Participation in occupation promotes healthy individuals, communities and populations.
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The goal of AOSC is to enable people of all ages to participate in purposeful occupation for their health and well being.

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AOSC adopts a population approach to health based on the principles of the Ottawa Charter which include:

  • developing personal skills
  • creating supportive environments
  • strengthening community action
  • building healthy public policy
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The primary objectives of the AOSC are to:

  1. provide community education programs about the relationship between health and purposeful occupation
  2. develop occupation-based community projects
  3. conduct occupation-based research
  4. make recommendations for public health policy
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As the AOSC education and research expands, ASOC will contribute to the social and economic development of the Shoalhaven by:

  • attracting research funding
  • fostering knowledge-based industries
  • enhancing intellectual capital assets and productivity
  • attracting students, scholars and international researchers
  • stimulating community engagement with the University of Wollongong
  • raising the identity and reputation of the Shoalhaven throughout the world

AOSC Flow Chart [pdf 837kb]

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