Explores the complex nature of young people's health and wellbeing and the role that various organisations and professionals play in working to promote young people's health. A particular focus is placed on the current health priority areas of sexual health, relationships, drugs and alcohol and the complex nature of young people's behaviour and actions that relate to each area. Students will critique current public health policy and initiatives and reflect on ways they can better support children and young people's health within their own professional context.
Module 1: Theoretical foundations of young people's health
Understanding young people's health and wellbeing - key concepts and definitions / Health and wellbeing status of young people - facts and figures / Contemporary theories and perspectives on the health of children and young people / Indigenous perspectives on health and wellbeing / Risk, risk taking and decision making by young people.
Module 2: Supporting and promoting young people's health
Key policies and frameworks for health promotion and health education / Unpacking health promotion strategies / The role of schools, community and professional organisations, governments and families in health promotion / Harm minimisation and its application in relevant fields (i.e. sex education, drug education, safety) / Dealing with controversial and sensitive issues, creating safe environments, affirming diversity / Working with families, community and government.
Module 3: Understanding issues of drug and alcohol use
Current patterns and trends of substance use in Australia / Breaking down the myths and stereotypes surrounding substance use / The nature and effects of commonly used substances / Exploring safe alternatives to drug use.
Module 4: Understanding issues of sexuality and relationships
Perspectives on sexuality and its social construction - gender, power, personal identity, psychosexual and developmental perspectives, societal expectations, assumptions and attitudes / Social, ethnic, cultural and religious issues in relation to sexuality and sexuality education / Sexually responsible behaviour, sexual choices and their consequences / Helping young people establish and maintain quality relationships.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||discuss key concepts, definitions, theories and priorities related to young people's health and wellbeing||Intellectual rigour|
|2||identify and analyse key factors that contribute to the health status of young people||Intellectual rigour||Cultural competence|
|3||discuss notions of risk, risk taking and harm minimisation as it relates to young people's health in relevant fields (i.e. sex education, drug education, safety)||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice|
|4||critically discuss a range of contemporary and historical policy responses to young people's health||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|5||explain the role that schools, community organisations and professional, governments and families play in promoting health||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|6||reflect on ways they can better support children and young people's health within their own professional context.||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning NA (NA)|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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