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.
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
- 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.
The goal of AOSC is to enable people of all
ages to participate in purposeful occupation
for their health and well being.
AOSC adopts a population approach to health
based on the principles of the Ottawa Charter
- developing personal skills
- creating supportive environments
- strengthening community action
- building healthy public policy
The primary objectives of the AOSC are to:
- provide community education programs about
the relationship between health and purposeful
- develop occupation-based community projects
- conduct occupation-based research
- make recommendations for public health policy
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
- attracting students, scholars and international
- stimulating community engagement with the
University of Wollongong
- raising the identity and reputation of the
Shoalhaven throughout the world
AOSC Flow Chart [pdf 837kb]