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 that various professional groups and organisations can better support children and young people's health.
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 that various professional groups can better support children and young people's health.||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 130 (Self paced)|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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