Health and Wellbeing (A/T/M)

Course information

This course is for students who want to examine factors that impact on health and broader wellbeing. Students will learn to analyse influences and make decisions on health at an individual, community and global level. Students will examine health and lifestyle trends and patterns to determine their impact on individuals and society. This course has a focus on health promotion.

Post-school pathways

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Workload expectation

As a general guide to success in this course two hours per week of additional study on top of regular classes is expected.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Individual Human Health

2

Health in Australia

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Individual Human Health

2

Health in Australia

3

Health of Populations

4

Global Health and Human Development

Unit descriptions

Individual Human Health

Students will identify and understand influences on individual health and examine the indicators and determinants of their health. Students investigate individual human development across the lifespan which involves a series of orderly and predictable changes, which can be classified as biological, behavioural, environmental and social. Students will evaluate influences on individuals such as media and reflect on personal and social actions to promote and improve health outcomes for individuals.

Health in Australia

Students will define health, examine the indicators and determinants of health, and explore health promotion in Australia. Students investigate the priority health areas, major causes of ill-health and the role of health services in preventing and treating ill-health in Australia. Students will evaluate public and private contributions to Australian health care and explore the different support professions and organisations and their role in providing health for Australia.

Health of Populations

Students will study the health status of various populations, examining concepts, models, theories and principles which can be applied to address health inequities. Students interpret relationships in data which explain these disparities in health. Students examine different cultural perceptions and approaches to health and wellbeing.

Global Health and Human Development

Students will examine the role of international organisations including the UN and WHO in combating inequality. Students explore current issues on global health and review strategies designed to promote health and sustainable human development globally, as well as government and non-government contributions to international health programs.