The significance of Health and Wellbeing for young Australians is highlighted in the Australian Government Institute of Health and Welfare’s 4th National report; Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011,* and in the Tasmanian Government Department of Health and Human Services’ 5 Year Strategic Plan – A Healthy Tasmania.**
Personal Health and Wellbeing has been developed for learners seeking to improve their personal fitness, and increase their awareness of - and broaden their understanding of- personal care, good health and wellbeing issues. It has been designed to empower learners to reflect on - and take responsibility for - their own personal health and wellbeing.
Personal Health and Wellbeing is central to the Health Education suite with its focus on developing a personal skillset that prepares learners across a wide range of pathways and vocational plans.
Like other courses within the Health Education field this course builds from a strengths perspective to help individuals feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy practical learning experiences.
Personal Health and Wellbeing is aimed at developing independence, critical and creative thinking skills and awareness around lifelong health issues so learners are prepared to manage their health throughout their adult lives.
Personal Health and Wellbeing is a Level 2 course in the Health Recreation group of the Health and Physical Education (HPE) suite of courses. The course takes a holistic approach towards examining multiple elements that are important in establishing and maintaining personal health.
*http://www.aihw.gov.au/youth-health-and-wellbeing/ (accessed Nov, 2016)
** http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/about_the_department/our_plans_and_strategies/a_healthy_tasmania (accessed Nov, 2016)