To assist programming and the incorporation of this initiative into units of work, the related PDHPE syllabus objectives and outcomes have been identified.

The activities in this presentation link to the following Stage 5 objectives and outcomes from the NSW Board of Studies, Years 7-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) Syllabus. The activities in the presentation can support learning in the Individual and Community Health and Self and Relationships strands of this syllabus.

Syllabus objectives

Knowledge, understanding and skills

Students will:

  • enhance their sense of self, improve their capacity to manage challenging circumstances and develop caring and respectful relationships
  • take actions to protect, promote and restore individual and community health

Values and attitudes

Students will:

  • develop a willingness to participate in creating and promoting healthy and supportive communities and environments
  • value health-enhancing behaviours that contribute to active, enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyles

Syllabus outcomes

Outcome 5.2 – A student evaluates their capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges

Students learn about

Challenges and opportunities

  • during adolescence
  • in future life transitions
  • responding to challenges

Students learn to

  • formulate a safety plan to meet the particular needs of a challenging situation, listing choices and consequences and making a decision about the best choice
  • explore the social and cultural influences on the way people think about life challenges including developing a work ethic and acceptance of responsibilities

Outcome 5.6 – A student analyses attitudes, behaviours and consequences related to health issues affecting young people.

Students learn about

Road safety

  • responsible driver and passenger behaviour
  • factors influencing road use behaviour
  • major causal factors in road and traffic related injuries e.g. human (speeding, drug use, fatigue, occupant restraint), environmental, vehicular
  • consequences of unsafe road use behaviour
  • skills and attitudes that support safe road behaviour e.g. hazard perception, road sharing and tolerance

Students learn to

  • propose and present strategies designed to promote safe road use attitudes and behaviours
  • use simulation software to make health decisions and solve problems relevant to young people e.g. determining strategies that promote safe road use

Outcome 5.7 – A student analyses influences on health decision making and develops strategies to promote health and safe behaviours

Students learn about

Influences on health decision making and risk behaviours

  • individual factors e.g. values and attitudes
  • sociocultural factors eg family, peers, gender, culture
  • political factors e.g. laws and regulations
  • economic factors e.g. personal and community
  • environmental factors e.g. pollution, weather, built environment

empowering individuals and communities

  • individual action
  • community action
  • consequences
  • developing personal skills e.g. advocacy
  • developing supportive environments

Students learn to

  • recognise that health decisions and risk behaviours are not simply an individual responsibility but are shaped by a range of influences
  • analyse the range of influences that impact on an individual’s ability to behave in healthy and safe ways in relation to:
    • mental health
    • healthy food habits
    • drug use
    • sexual health
    • road use
    • personal safety
    • physical activity
    • accessing support services
  • propose and evaluate strategies that take into account influences on health decision making and support young people to behave in healthy and safe ways
  • identify a key issue for individual or group action. Raise awareness and gather support for the issue using ICT skills including a mailmerge