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11–12Health and Movement Science Life Skills 11–12 Syllabus

Implementation from 2025


Life Skills

Life Skills for Stage 6

Through collaborative curriculum planning, it may be decided that Life Skills outcomes and content are the most appropriate option for some students with intellectual disability.

Health for individuals and communities
How can I manage my personal care needs?
  • Recognise and/or identify their own personal care needs, including conditions which require medication and/or treatment

  • Recognise the importance of routine personal care procedures in staying healthy

  • Identify procedures and routines needed for daily personal care

  • Demonstrate and/or participate in personal care procedures

  • Identify people who can assist them with their personal care needs

  • Recognise their right to consent in relation to personal care assistance

  • Recognise appropriate and inappropriate touching and handling as part of personal care procedures

  • Develop communication skills to seek or reject assistance with personal care needs as required

  • Recognise that some personal care procedures and routines require privacy

  • Recognise and/or demonstrate the appropriate bathroom to use in different contexts

  • Demonstrate and/or assist with routines to ensure privacy for personal care routines

  • Plan for and participate in regular personal hygiene and grooming procedures

  • Participate in ways to improve personal health

What does it mean to be healthy? Meanings of health
  • Explore personal meanings of health

  • Recognise that there are different aspects of health

  • Explore the meanings of health

  • Identify the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health

  • Identify ways to maintain physical, social and emotional health

  • Explore the interrelationship between different aspects of health

What does it mean to be healthy? Nutrition and health
  • Recognise and eat foods that are nutritious

  • Explore the relationship between nutrition and health

  • Identify the elements of a nutritious and balanced diet

  • Devise a weekly eating plan for a range of contexts

  • Identify and/or respond to factors that influence food choices

  • Recognise the relationship between diet, physical activity and health

  • Investigate the general nutritional needs of specific groups for healthy living and physical activity

What does it mean to be healthy? Physical activity and health
  • Explore the benefits of regular participation in physical activity and health

  • Identify physical activities that can be undertaken individually or as a group to promote health

  • Identify local facilities for participating in physical activities

  • Develop personal skills needed for participation in physical activity

  • Participate in a range of physical activities that promote health

What does it mean to be healthy? Health and wellbeing
  • Recognise elements of social and emotional wellbeing that promote health

  • Explore the benefits of inclusion and diversity within a community on the health and wellbeing of young people

What does it mean to be healthy? Measuring health
  • Outline the determinants which influence health and wellbeing

  • Compare ways that people define what is important to their own health

  • Explore epidemiology as a measure of health

What factors are important to health and wellbeing? Health needs
  • Identify changes in their own health needs

  • Explore ways in which people from various backgrounds and contexts have differing health needs

  • Recognise that health needs change as people and society grow and change

  • Explore aspects of young people’s lives that make them similar and different to the young people of previous generations

  • Explore changes in personal and social attitudes towards health and wellbeing over time

What factors are important to health and wellbeing? Personal safety, health and wellbeing
  • Recognise the importance of safety in supporting health and wellbeing in individuals

  • Respond appropriately to unsafe situations or emergencies

  • Demonstrate safe practices in a range of environments

  • Demonstrate protective strategies for personal safety, health and wellbeing

  • Demonstrate skills to develop interpersonal relationships that impact positively on health and wellbeing

  • Demonstrate communication skills to promote positive social and emotional wellbeing

How can young people improve their health? Key health issues
  • Explore key health issues impacting young people in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth

  • Explore methods for investigating key health issues

  • Demonstrate ways in which they can improve their own health and wellbeing through their own personal health and health behaviours

  • How can a sense of self improve the health of young people? Identify personal strengths, abilities and characteristics

  • Investigate factors that influence identity

How can young people improve their health? Healthy relationships
  • Demonstrate skills for respectful relationships

  • Explore and/or demonstrate strategies to manage abuse of power in relationships

How can young people improve their health? Digital safety
  • Explore risks associated with the increasing use of personal technology and digital media

  • Make safe choices in both public and private online environments

How can young people improve their health? Sexual health
  • Explore strategies to manage sexual health in young people

How can young people improve their health? Appropriate and inappropriate use of substances
  • Investigate the impact of appropriate and inappropriate use of substances

  • Develop skills for refusal when offered or pressured to use substances inappropriately

How can young people improve their health? Social and emotional health
  • Demonstrate strategies for the promotion of social and emotional health in young people

  • Demonstrate skills for strengthening self

  • Explore strategies to manage mental health in young people

How can young people improve their health? Road safety
  • Explore the importance of road safety skills for young people

  • Compare statistics on road safety accidents affecting young people with those of other populations in society

How does the community care for young people’s health?
  • Recognise advocates they have used or are familiar with to support their health needs

  • Identify people and organisations that can advocate for or support young people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth

  • Develop communication skills to advocate for their own health needs in the community

  • Develop skills in goal setting, eg managing and maintaining their NDIS plan

  • Investigate local organisations and services that provide information and advice to individuals

  • Identify circumstances when young people may require community support for their health needs

  • Access advice and support from community health services

  • Explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Explore how the United Nations SDGs are being used to improve health in Australia

What role do leisure and recreation play in helping people to stay healthy?
  • Identify leisure or recreational activities they participate in

  • Recognise indoor and outdoor leisure or recreational activities and resources available in the community

  • Participate in a range of passive and active leisure or recreational activities

  • Participate in a range of leisure or recreational activities that can be undertaken individually or with others

  • Identify local environments where leisure or recreational activities can be conducted

  • Demonstrate the need to protect natural environments and minimise the impact of leisure or recreational activities on environments

  • Demonstrate safe practices when participating in leisure and recreational activities

  • Plan for participation in a selected leisure or recreational activity

  • Describe the benefits of participation in leisure and recreational activities on individual health