In this subject students learn about the factors that shape the behaviour and attitudes of individuals and groups in relation to healthy living, and caring for themselves and the environment.

About the subject

Students develop skills to consider how changing social structures, community values, environmental issues, and new technologies affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

For a 20-credit subject, students complete the study of:

  • at least one core concept
  • three option studies

Core Concepts

  • Core Concept 1: Health Literacy
  • Core Concept 2: Social and Economic Determinants of Health

Option Studies

  • Option Study 1: Health Promotion in the Community
  • Option Study 2: Health and Environment
  • Option Study 3: Sexuality and Health
  • Option Study 4: Health and Relationships
  • Option Study 5: Risks and Challenges to Health
  • Option Study 6: Stress and Health
  • Option Study 7: Vocational Studies and Applications in Health.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Group Investigation and Presentation30%
Issues Analysis20%
Practical Activity20%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment - Investigation

Students are directly involved in a personal or community activity or social action related to their chosen issue and present their investigation in the form of a written report of a maximum of 1000 words for the 10-credit subject and 2000 words for the 20-credit subject.

The investigation is double graded, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the investigation with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The SACE Health Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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