Health and Human Development Units 1 and 2


This subject explores the concepts of health and wellbeing across all lifespan stages. Commencing with the “youth stage of the lifespan” in Unit 1, the subject explores the health status of Australians and factors that impact on individual’s health and human development. These factors include the importance of good nutrition, as well as social, cultural and political factors. Students will get to understand a range of community and government strategies that aim to promote the health of all Australians. They get to understand the role of Australia’s healthcare system and explore advances in medical technologies.

Who is it for?

Do you enjoy reading and keeping up to date with recent health issues?

Do you have an interest in your own health and wellbeing and how you can achieve optimal health and wellbeing?

Do you enjoy learning about nutrition and how it relates to your health?

Do you want to explore health strategies and programs available in our community to achieve optimal health and wellbeing?

If you answered Yes to all of these, then this subject could be for you.

What do you do?

In these Units students will complete:

  • data analyis about the health status of Australians
  • quizzes
  • discussion forums
  • polls
  • watching tutorials and videos
  • online classes
  • case studies
  • peer feedback.

What skills do you need?

There are no prerequisites, but you need to be willing to:

  • participate in online forums and respond to other students in the online forums
  • attend online lessons.

What skills do you develop?

Students develop a variety of skills including:

  • data analysis skills
  • research and investigation skills
  • an ability to draw relevant conclusions from data
  • an ability to explain the concepts of health and wellbeing.




Jacaranda Key Concepts in VCE Health and Human Development Unit 1 and 2 6e (including learnON and studyON). Authors: Beaumont, Fettling, Alderson, O’Hallaron, Weston.

You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Things to think about

This study may involve discussion of potentially sensitive topics, particularly in relation to mental health. Students are not expected to disclose personal information about their own or their family’s health status and behaviours, nor are they expected to volunteer to share this information.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.



Things to have a look at

You can get a head start on understanding food models and tools which aim to promote healthy eating among youth by watching these short videos about each of them:

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

Health star rating

Healthy Eating Pyramid