Health Studies General

What is General Health Education Studies all about?

 This course focuses on the study of health as a dynamic quality of human life. The content will be organised into 4 content organisers; health concepts, attitudinal and environmental influences, and skills and processes,


This course will enable students to critically analyse the influence of social, environmental, economic and biological determinants of health. Using an inquiry process, students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to promote an understanding of the importance of personal and community action in promoting health.


Who should select these units in Year 11?

  • Students who have an interest in health promotion.
  • Students who have an interest in improving health choices of self and others.
  • Students who are interested in employment within the health and community service industries.



Upon successful completion of these units, students would progress to General Health Education Studies Unit 3 and Unit 4 in Year 12


Areas of Study


  • Identifying and measuring personal health status for the physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of health
  • Define example of health promotion in the community
  • Lifestyle factors affecting health, personal health risk assessments and action plans to personal health
  • Types of health facilities and services, how to choose a healthcare professional
  • The role and features of Medicare and private health insurance, the rights and responsibilities as a healthcare consumer
  • Beliefs, attitudes and values, the influence of family, friends and media and the impacts on health behaviour
  • Decision-making process and effective communication

Using a health inquiry to identify a range of reliable sources


  • Introduction and influence of the determinants of health
  • Use of the health promoting school model to promote the health of individuals, groups and communities
  • Preventive actions and skills to cope with influences on health behaviour and to enhance health
  • Importance of health care as a prevention versus health care as treatment and identifying complementary and orthodox health care options
  • Influence of cognitive dissonance on beliefs, actions and behaviour
  • The role of communities in the construction and promotion of social and cultural norms
  • Factors influencing decision making, skills and techniques for building cooperation, challenges to effective communication

To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Inquiry – written research assessments
  • Project – produce a media display (fact sheets, brochure, web page)
  • Response – written, timed responses