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Unit One Overview
AOS 3 - Youth Health and wellbeing
In this area of study students focus on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s youth, and conduct independent research into a selected area of interest. Students identify major health inequalities among Australia’s youth and reflect on the causes. They apply research skills to find out what young people are most focused on and concerned about with regard to health and wellbeing. Students inquire into how governments and organisations develop and implement youth health programs, and consider the use of health data and the influence of community values and expectations. Students select a particular focus area and conduct research, interpret data and draw conclusions on how the health and wellbeing of Australia’s youth can be promoted and improved.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to interpret data to identify key areas for improving youth health and wellbeing, and plan for action by analysing one particular area in detail. To achieve this outcome the student will draw on key knowledge and key skills outlined in Area of Study 3.
- aspects of youth health and wellbeing requiring health action, as indicated by health data on burden of disease and health inequalities, and research on the concerns of young people
- government and non-government programs relating to youth health and wellbeing
- community values and expectations that influence the development and implementation of programs for youth
- key features of one health and wellbeing focus relating to Australia’s youth including: – impact on different dimensions of health and wellbeing
- data on incidence, prevalence and trends
- risk and protective factors
- community values and expectations
- healthcare services and support –
- government and community programs and personal strategies to reduce negative impact
- direct, indirect and intangible costs to individuals and/or communities
- opportunities for youth advocacy and action to improve outcomes in terms of health and equity
- use research and data to identify social inequality and priority areas for action and improvement in youth health and wellbeing
- describe and analyse factors that contribute to inequalities in the health status of Australia’s youth
- analyse the role and influence of community values and expectations in the development and implementation of health and wellbeing programs for youth
- research and collect data on one particular health and wellbeing focus relating to youth, with critical analysis of its impact, management and costs
- plan advocacy and/or action based on identification and evaluation of opportunities for promoting youth health and wellbeing.