Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the complex and multi-factorial nature of health and illness, and relevant fields of public health, epidemiology and health promotion. Students will better understand the relationship between health and the social determinants of health, and issues and concepts which are important in the Health component of the new Australian HPE Curriculum. The course also addresses health issues affecting young people with a particular focus on the recognised priority issues of drug use and road safety.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the philosophy and purpose of education on nutrition and drugs & alcohol in schools in Australia;

2. Describe current prevalence and patterns of behaviours associated with the public health problems of unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity, obesity, and drug and alcohol misuse among the Australian population;

3. Recall current nationally agreed Australian dietary and physical activity (movement) guidelines;

4. Interpret and apply NSW Department of Education policies and practices related to nutrition and physical activity, drugs & alcohol use;

5. Identify the effects of drug & alcohol use and the application of harm minimisation strategies for different drugs;

6. Identify and appropriately intervene with school students who are at risk of drug use or drug and alcohol-related harm.


  1. Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity.
  2. Drugs & Alcohol.

Assessment items

Report: Nutrition Education Resource

Online Learning Activity: Online Quiz & Reflective Writing Tasks

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.