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Health and Human Development
Unit 1
AOS 3
Health Issues for Australia’s Youth
On completion of this unit the student should be able to outline health issues relevant to Australia’s youth and, in relation to a specific health issue, analyse strategies or programs that have an impact on youth health and development.

You are encouraged to thoroughly research 2 health issues that affect Australia’s Youth. Some examples of appropriate issues include:
• mental health
• asthma
• diabetes
• weight issues
• injury
• tobacco smoking
• alcohol use
• illicit substance use
• sun protection
• sexual and reproductive health
• food allergies
• homelessness
• cyber–safety

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The key features of one health issue for Australia’s youth, including:
• Description of the issue and why it is an issue for youth.
• Relevant statistics in relation to incidence, prevalence and changes over time.
• The impact of the issue on the health of youth.
• The impact of the issue on the development of youth.
• Determinants that act as risk and/or protective factors for the issue.
• The effectiveness of a government, community or personal strategy or program to address the issue selected.

Some useful websites that can be utilised for your research:
Internet safety www.netalert.gov.au
Kids Help Line www.kidshelp.com.au/
Living independently www.aihw.gov.au/housing/sacs/saap
Melbourne sexual health centre www.mshc.org.au
Road safety www.arrivealive.com.au
Sane Australia www.sane.org/
The Better Health Channel www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
The Cancer Council of Victoria www.sunsmart.com.au
Youth Substance Abuse Service www.ysas.org.au/young_people/young_people.html
Asthma Foundation of Victoria www.asthma.org.au
Australian Drug foundation www.druginfo.adf.org.au/
Australian Institute of health and welfare www.aihw.gov.au
Beyond blue www.beyondblue.org.au
Centre for Adolescent health www.rch.org.au
Child and Youth Health.