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VCE Health and Human Development


The central focus of the Health and Human Development study is undertsand and manage health, wellbeing and development of the individual across the lifespan and to critically evaluate Australia’s health and health and human developemnt in a globalised world.

This study aims to:

  • understand the complex nature of health and human development

  • develop a broad view of health and wellbeing, incorporating physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions

  • understand the biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that impact health and wellbeing

  • develop health literacy to evaluate health information and take appropriate and positive action to support health and wellbeing

  • develop understanding of the Australian healthcare system and the values that underpin it

  • apply social justice principles to identify health and wellbeing inequities and analyse health and wellbeing interventions

  • understand the importance of the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and evaluate the effectiveness of health and wellbeing initiatives and programs to support the achievement of the SDGs

  • propose and justify action to positively influence health and wellbeing, and human development, outcomes at individual, local, national and/or global levels.


Units 1 and 2:  Demonstration of achievement of outcomes and satisfactory completion of a unit is determined by evidence gained through the assessment of a range of learning activities and tasks. 

Unit 3: School assessed Coursework (25%)

Unit 4: School assessed Coursework (25%)


End-of-year Examination (50%)

UNIT 1:  Understanding health and wellbeing 

UNIT 2:  Managing health and development  

In this unit, students identify perspectives relating to health and wellbeing, and inquire into factors that influence health attitudes, beliefs and practices, including among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students look at influences on health outcomes and the indicators used to measure and evaluate health status. With a focus on youth, they build health literacy by interpreting and using data in a research investigation into one youth health focus area, and by investigating the role of food.

In this unit, students investigate transitions in health and wellbeing, and human development, from lifespan and societal perspectives. Students explore health literacy through an investigation of the Australian healthcare system from the perspective of youth and analyse health information. They investigate the challenges and opportunities presented by digital media and consider issues surrounding the use of health data and access to quality health care.

UNIT 3: Australia’s health in a globalised world 

UNIT 4: Health and human development in a global context 

In this unit, students look at health and wellbeing, disease and illness as being multidimensional, dynamic and subject to different interpretations and contexts.  They explore health as a universal right, analysing and evaluating variations in the health status of Australians. Students focus on health promotion and improvements in population health over time. They also explore various public health approaches and the interdependence of different models.

In this unit, students examine health and human development in a global context. They use data to investigate health status and human development in different countries, exploring factors that contribute to health inequalities between and within countries. They consider the health implications of increased globalisation and worldwide trends. Students consider global action to improve health and human development, focusing on the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the priorities of the World Health Organization(WHO).

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