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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. 

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Assessment Type 2: Issue Inquiry

For a 10-credit subject, students undertake at least one issue inquiry.

For a 20-credit subject, students undertake at least two issue inquiries.

Students research a current health or wellbeing trend or issue. Students may research an aspect of a topic already identified, or an issue of their choosing.

An issue inquiry task may include the following components:

  • identifying aspects of health and wellbeing trends and issues for inquiry
  • analysing a variety of relevant contemporary sources of information and data
  • solving problems or making recommendations
  • reflecting on their attitudes to the issue and the values that influence those attitudes.

Tasks may include:

  • investigating a mental or emotional health issue and explore how effective health agencies support, promote, and educate the community
  • using a media stimulus, such as a film, to identify and explore an issue through different perspectives
  • exploring what it means to be a ‘healthy’ person, and how that has changed over time
  • analysing the impact of social media and messages regarding personal identity.

An issue inquiry task should be a maximum of 1000 words if written, or a maximum of 6 minutes if oral or in multimodal form.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • critical thinking 
  • reflective practice.