Contemporary Health Issues
Area of Study
Health Administration, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis subject explores and examines a range of contemporary health issues that exist in Australian society. It focuses on a social view of public health to deepen knowledge and understanding of the fundamental health principles and explore a range of health models. The social determinants of health are examined to highlight the limitations of medical approaches and introduce the social model of health. Knowledge and understanding of lifestyle, sedentariness, and sexual and mental health issues are critically analysed by examining the range of physical, social and cultural determinants that impact on health and wellbeing. The subject enables students to identify and discuss preferred solutions to contemporary issues in health and wellbeing, and provides an overview of the links between behavioural risk factors, illness and mortality as well as between health behaviours, disease prevention and wellness.Subject objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:A. Analyse factors that impact health and wellbeing including individual behaviour, environmental and social factors across the lifespanB. Demonstrate knowledge of current issues and research pertaining to the health and wellbeing of Australians including: mental health; sexual health; relationships; nutrition and healthy food habits; drug education; road safety; and risk-taking behavioursC. Critically examine the key issues regarding harm minimisation strategies and at-risk adolescentsD. Apply population-level guidelines to promote optimal physical activity for health and wellbeingE. Articulate a contemporary view of physical activity catering for the needs of young people including gender, sexuality and cultureF. Clarify and justify contemporary Australian health issues with consideration to evidence-based researchG. Critically analyse the social determinants that impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous AustraliansThis subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:Lead, manage and inspire within the fields of sport, exercise and health; (1.0)Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health; (2.0)Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions; (3.0)Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate diverse knowledge and develop creative, effective and evidence-based solutions; (4.0)Adapt to diverse industry contexts to enable optimal and sustainable sport, exercise and health outcomes; (5.0)Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations to enable positive change; (6.0)Graduates have professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness (7.0)ContentThe broad structure of the health system in AustraliaAustralian physical activity guidelinesHealth principles and the current health status of AustraliansThe health and wellbeing of young peoplePhysical activity and obesity issues in AustraliaSedentary behaviour as a risk factor for lifestyle diseasesNutrition and body imageMental health and resilienceSuicide prevention strategiesRisk behaviours and harm minimization: drugs and drivingRoad traumas and harm minimization strategiesRelationships and sexual healthIndigenous healthCreating safe spaces: child protectionGlobal health issuesPredictive and personalised health careAssessmentAssessment task 1: Media resource folderObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, E and FThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0 and 4.0Type: ReportGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 30%Assessment task 2: Discussion facilitation or role playObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B and FThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 6.0Type: PresentationGroupwork: Group, group and individually assessedWeight: 30%Assessment task 3: Final examinationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, C, D, E, F and GThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):1.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 40%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.