Personal Development and Health Issues in the Primary School


This course aims to extend students' knowledge and skills in selected areas of the K-6 Personal Development and Health syllabus and New Australian Curriculum HPE. In particular this course will explore personal development and health concepts that are contained in the PDHPE syllabus strands of Interpersonal Relationships, Growth and Development, Personal Health Choices and Safe Living (Mental Health and Well-being, Relationships and Sexuality, and Safety contexts for health in the New Australian Curriculum HPE). There will be an emphasis on teaching sensitive issues such as sexuality, emotional and mental health, child protection, and grief and loss.


Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and apply principles of, and strategies for teaching Personal Development and dealing with sensitive issues in relation to sexuality and social, emotional, and mental health;

2. Demonstrate teaching skills and effectively use relevant teaching resources for teaching about personal development topics

3. Analyse their own experiences, attitudes and values which may affect their teaching of key strands of the syllabus

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and processes involved with sexuality, mental health issues for children, child protection, and grief and loss (personal development topics in the NSW K-6 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus and New Australian Curriculum HPE)

5. Describe a range of teaching, whole school and wider community strategies that will enhance the health and wellbeing of children.


Principles for teaching sensitive issues in primary schools

  • Module 1: Sexuality
  • Module 2: Mental Health

Assumed Knowledge

Foundation Studies in K-6 PDHPE - PUBH1030

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: 'Sexuality Question Box' Presentation and Written Report

Online Learning Activity: Blackboard Online BLOG

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact Hours

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks