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Health and Wellbeing Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024
Accredited in November 2019 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021. This subject replaces Stage 2 Health. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Content | health-literacy

Health literacy

In health literacy, students develop the skills to research, understand, and comprehend different sources of information. Students critique, interpret, and make informed 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 will engage with individual, local, and global health and wellbeing trends, including the impact of digital resources.

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: 

  • identifying, understanding, and applying current and contemporary health language from a diverse range of sources and contexts 
  • developing and reflecting on their own values, beliefs, and attitudes, and those of others 
  • personalising by expressing how they feel about the issue being considered, why they might feel that way, and what this means for them and others  
  • collecting, analysing, and interpreting a range of primary and secondary sources for bias, relevance, currency, and credibility 
  • creating surveys and conducting interviews, and collating and interpreting survey data 
  • critically analysing and evaluating findings  
  • exploring health and wellbeing theories, concepts, or methodologies.