VCE Health

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Rationale

The study of Health and Human Development provides the opportunity for students to investigate health and development as dynamic conditions that are influenced by complex interrelationships between individuals, biomedical and behavioural factors, as well as physical and social environments. Students develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills to become actively involved in shaping the influences that determine their own health and development, and the health of their local and global communities. By adopting a social view of health and development, students recognise that a multidimensional approach is necessary in order to address health inequities within and between communities, and are better equipped to critically evaluate policies and programs designed to promote health and development in both developed and developing countries.

Unit 1: The Health and Development of Australia’s Youth

In this unit students are introduced to the concepts of health and individual human development and focus specifically on the health and individual human development of Australia’s youth. They are given the opportunity to investigate one health issue in detail and analyse personal, community and government strategies or programs that affect youth health and individual human development.

Unit 2: Individual Human Development and Health Issues

This unit focuses on the health and individual human development for the lifespan stages of prenatal, childhood and adulthood. Students identify issues that affect the health and individual human development of Australia’s mothers and babies, children and adults. They are given the opportunity to investigate health issues in detail and analyse personal, community and government strategies and programs that affect the health and individual human development of mothers and babies, children and adults.

Unit 3: Australia’s Health

In this unit, students develop an understanding of the health status of Australians compared to other developed countries, by investigating the burden of disease, researching the health of population groups in Australia, and accounting for inequities in health status. They also consider the role of both government and non-government organizations in funding and implementing a range of initiatives designed to promote health in Australia.

Unit 4: Global Health and Human Development

In this unit, students analyse factors contributing to variations in health status between Australia and developing countries, evaluate progress towards the United Nations ‘Millennium Development Goals’, and describe the interrelationships between health, human development and sustainability. Students also evaluate programs implemented by government and non-government organizations in promoting health, human development and sustainability.

Each unit deals with specific content and is designed to enable students to achieve a set of outcomes. Each outcome is described in terms of key knowledge and skills.

Assessment

Unit 1

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe the dimensions of, and the interrelationships within and between, youth health and individual human development, and analyse the health status of Australia’s youth using appropriate measurements.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe and explain the factors that impact on the health and individual human development of Australia’s youth, outline health issues relevant to Australia’s youth and, in relation to a specific health issue, analyse strategies or programs that have an impact on youth health and development.

Unit 2

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe and explain the factors that affect the health and individual human development during the prenatal stage.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe and explain the factors that affect the health and individual human development of Australia’s children.

Outcome 3: On completion of this unit the student should be able to to describe and explain the factors that affect the health and individual human development of Australia’s adults.

Unit 3

Outcome 1: Compare the health status of Australia’s population with other developed countries, explain variations in health status of population groups in Australia and discuss the role of the National Health Priority Areas in improving Australia’s health status.

Outcome 2: Discuss and analyse approaches to health and health promotion, and describe Australia’s health system and the different roles of government and non-government organisations in promoting health.

Unit 4

Outcome 1: Analyse factors contributing to variations in health status between Australia and developing countries, evaluate progress towards the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and describe the interrelationships between health, human development and sustainability.

Outcome 2: Describe and evaluate programs implemented by international and Australian government and non-government organisations in promoting health, human development and sustainability.

Levels Of Achievement

Units 1 and 2

Satisfactory completion of the outcomes and levels of achievement are determined by the school.

Units 3 and 4

Satisfactory completion is based on a decision by the teacher that the student has demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for that unit.

The student’s level of achievement will be determined by school-assessed coursework and an end-of-year examination.

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Units 3 and 4 examination (50%)