Health Education may be defined as a combination of learning experiences which affect the way students think, feel and act in relation to their wellbeing and that of others. The study of Health and wellbeing is concerned with the relationship between the individual and the physical, socio-cultural, emotional, mental and spiritual constructs in our world. Health Education promotes attitudes, values and behaviours consistent with responsible actions which assist in developing a critical thinking approach towards personal and community health issues.
Studying Health provides a forum in which the reality of a teenager's life and issues of importance to them can be highlighted and given value in their own right. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions, and to understand the effect their actions have on themselves and those around them.
Health Education offers experiential learning which provides opportunities for students to critically think and reflect upon a variety of personal and community health issues. It recognises that health is multi-dimensional and is influenced by both individual and group actions.
In Year 7, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to support them to be resilient, to develop a strong sense of self and to build and maintain satisfying relationships. Students at this level develop health literacy competencies in order to enhance their own and others' health and wellbeing.
The Health Education program aims to:
- promote ways and means to help students live healthier, happier and more productive lives;
- provide students with a greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with others so that a true sense of self may be enhanced;
- enable more effective means of communication;
- guide students in the process of decision-making, especially in relation to their own wellbeing;
- encourage assertive and responsible behaviour patterns;
- assist students in developing a greater appreciation of diversity;
- provide a safe and secure environment in which students can discuss personal and community health issues.
Areas of Study
Me, Myself and Others: Building Positive Relationships
This unit aims to explore issues related to individual differences, morals and values. Students have the opportunity to develop social interaction strategies and to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help them to establish and manage respectful relationships.
Empowering Ourselves and Others: Rights and Responsibilities
Students develop some important strategies to deal with the changes and challenges that they may face as adolescents. It is likely that every student will face an incident of bullying at some point during their time at school, so the focus of this unit is to prepare students in how to deal with bullying situations. Students discuss why it is important that everyone feels safe at school, the difference between being a bystander and an up-stander and the concept of resilience.
Body Image: Positive Self Respect and Belief
Students explore the concept of the perfect body, the link between self-esteem and body image, the influence of the media in shaping perceptions of body image, the notion of the natural body shape and the influence of peers in establishing perceived body image. Students are encouraged to enhance their personal perceptions of body image throughout the unit.
Drug Education: Informed Decision-making and Choices
Students explore issues related to drug taking with specific focus on alcohol and tobacco. Included in this study is the investigation of why people take drugs, the negative impact and the consequences of drug taking, and aims to dispel the myths associated with alcohol consumption. Students are encouraged to practise assertive behaviour.
- Being a Healthy Me.
- Empowering Myself and Others Assignment.
- Body Image Task.
- Warning about the Risks of Alcohol Use Assessment Task.
- Interactive Workbook: All students have access to a Carey Health OneNote workbook covering specific topics. Students are required to complete exercises in their Health OneNote workbook in class and as homework tasks.
- Involvement in classroom discussion.
- Knowledge and understanding of the topics.