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Health and Wellbeing Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in November 2019 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2021. This subject replaces Stage 1 Health. 

Stage 1 | Subject outline | Content | health-literacy

Health literacy

In health literacy, students develop the skills to research and understand different sources of information. Students interpret and make decisions about health and wellbeing information and advice. They consider how and where to seek contemporary, valid, and reliable information to promote and maintain good health and wellbeing. Improving people's access to and understanding of health information empowers them to make informed decisions. Students may engage with individual, local, and global health and wellbeing trends.

Learning activities

The following learning activities are suggestions only. Teachers may select and adapt suitable activities from this list or design their own.

Students may develop an understanding of health literacy by:

  • recognising and using appropriate health and wellbeing language
  • developing and reflecting on their own values, beliefs, and attitudes, and on those of others
  • expressing how they feel about the issue being considered 
  • analysing and interpreting sources for bias, relevance, and credibility
  • sourcing appropriate primary sources of data or information
  • analysing research findings
  • responding to the dynamic and changing nature of media, and its influence on health issues
  • exploring health and wellbeing theories, concepts, or methodologies.