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 and supports development of a critical thinking approach towards personal and community health issues.
The study of Health provides a forum in which the reality of a teenager's life and the issues that are important 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, providing opportunities for students to think critically 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 8 students identify behaviours that positively influence and negatively impact on their health and wellbeing. They are challenged to take more responsibility for their own health and personal safety. There is a focus on developing an understanding of how individuals and groups affect people's behaviours, beliefs, decisions and actions in relation to a range of issues. Students examine a variety of personal, environmental and social factors that can influence an individual's choices and explore and evaluate options, consequences and healthier and safer alternatives.
Health Education respects the dignity, privacy and uniqueness of the individual. It promotes a safe and supportive environment conducive to open discussion and can deal with sensitive issues. Effective learning requires accurate and relevant information processes aimed at developing personal competence and the ongoing guidance of a trusted teacher.
- promotes ways and means to help students live healthier, happier and more productive lives;
- provides students with greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with others so that a true sense of self may be enhanced;
- enables more effective means of communication;
- guides students in the process of decision-making, especially in relation to their own wellbeing;
- encourages assertive and responsible behaviour patterns;
- assists students in developing a greater appreciation of diversity;
- provides a safe and secure environment in which students can discuss personal and community health issues.
Areas for Investigation
Australian Health Issues: Investigating the Impacts and Prevention
An exploration of issues related to the health of the Australian population. Students investigate the incidence, cause and possible preventative measures associated with some of the major diseases confronting all Australians, for example diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, heart disease and cancer.
Drug Education: Examining the Risks and Consequences, and Party Safe: Informed Decision-making and Choices
Students build on their knowledge of drug education from the previous year, focussing on illegal drug use. They explore the nature of drug abuse and dependence, and the effects of various substances. Students also identify dangers associated with partying and learn how to remain safe in a variety of situations.
Nutrition and Physical Activity: Promoting Optimal Healthy Eating Habits
At the completion of this area of study, students have a greater understanding of the need for and implementation of good nutritional habits. Students explore the relationship between food intake and physical activity, and analyse their own lifestyle in terms of energy balance. They also look at what influences our food choices, such as the media and our peers.
Sexuality Education: Informed Decision-making and Choices
Development of strategies for being assertive and protecting personal health. The responsibility of having a sexual relationship and the possible consequences are also explored.
- Australian Health Issues investigation.
- Nutrition Balancing Act assignment.
- Illegal Drugs Assignment.
- Sexuality Education 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.