The rationale of the Health and Movement Science Life Skills 11–12 Syllabus is consistent with the Health and Movement Science 11–12 Syllabus rationale. The Health and Movement Science rationale is provided below.
Health and Movement Science draws on a multitude of fields and the application of scientific concepts to actively engage students in learning about the factors that influence health and movement. While there is tremendous opportunity for good health, there are numerous conflicting influences on lifestyle, which are impacting health outcomes. In this syllabus, students investigate the health status of Australians and the interrelated factors that affect the health of individuals and communities. Students explore the factors that influence movement and performance and develop the skills to enhance movement for themselves and others throughout their lifetime.
The study of health sciences draws on epidemiology, dimensions and determinants of health and social justice principles. This enables students to think critically about the equity, access and sustainability of health and wellbeing for individuals and communities. Health promotion is explored as a way to improve health for individuals and communities. Students investigate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which represent an ambitious vision of a healthier, more prosperous, inclusive and resilient world. The World Health Organization (WHO) views health promotion as a means to achieving the SDGs.
Participation in physical activity plays a significant role in improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Learning in, through and about the movement sciences involves exploring and thinking critically about the interrelationships between anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sociology, nutrition, skill acquisition, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Acquiring the knowledge and skills to be physically active can optimise individual and team performance and develop positive movement habits across the lifespan.
Health and Movement Science builds on the foundational knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the PDHPE K–10 course. This syllabus is underpinned by the 5 propositions.
The course provides opportunities to explore areas of interest in greater depth and apply health and movement concepts to various contexts and groups. To equip students to navigate the dynamic nature of health and movement, emphasis is given to developing skills of collaboration, analysis, communication, creative thinking, problem-solving and research.