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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 | social-equity

Social equity

An understanding of social equity principles is integral to understanding health and wellbeing in the local and global contexts. In social equity, students develop an understanding of fairness and equality. It is inclusive of all, especially those who are marginalised or disadvantaged for reasons such as age, gender, sexuality, disability, isolation, cultural, and socio-economic background.

Students develop an understanding of inequalities, including social and cultural factors that influence health and wellbeing. They recognise how social equity applies to the fair and equitable distribution of health resources and the availability and accessibility of health services and educational programs. Students develop the knowledge and skills to participate in responsible decision-making.

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 social equity by:

  • identifying and applying language that reflects diversity, inclusivity, and empathy
  • examining the health status of Australians and the factors that influence health trends
  • exploring the relationship between wellbeing and disadvantage 
  • examining the role of organisations such as Beyond Blue and SHINE SA with regard to individual and/or community wellbeing
  • reflecting on policies and procedures for inclusivity and equity in schools and/or community groups 
  • examining the role of social media as a platform for dissemination of information
  • assessing stereotyping and its impact on news reporting.