OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the concepts of lifestyle interventions that promote health and wellness, taking into account the physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing of the person. This unit promotes the importance of the therapeutic relationship in promoting healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, good nutrition, and stress management.

Unit content

  • Understanding health and wellness behaviour
  • Chronic lifestyle-related diseases
  • The influence of nutrition in health and disease
  • The influence of physical activity in health and disease
  • The influence of psychological wellbeing in health and disease
  • The biopsychosocial model in the management of chronic pain
  • The influence of other lifestyle factors including sleep, drug and alcohol use and environment
  • Understanding health and wellness promotion
  • Case studies in health promotion
  • Principles of wellness coaching and communication in the clinical setting

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Hawk, C & Evans, W, 2013, Health Promotion and Wellness: An Evidence-Based Guide to Clinical Preventative Services, Lippencott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (12 wks)
Case study40%
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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