Child and Adolescent Health and Development
This unit looks at the health issues that are of concern to children and adolescents. Child Development explores the areas of conception, pregnancy, the birth process and the fundamentals of physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of a child from birth to 5 years of age. In particular such topics are examined in more depth such as, what is a family, the role of a parent, teenage pregnancy, the changes experienced by the expectant mother and developing foetus, prenatal care and hazards, the influence of genes, nutrients required by mother and child during pregnancy, child birth, bottle versus breast feeding, the cost of having a baby, immunisation and the importance of play. Adolescent Health focuses on harm minimisation principles will continue to be developed from junior health. Topics covered may include; safe sex, contraception, eating disorders, body image, drug use, bullying, peer pressure and conflict resolution. This unit provides an introduction to the ideas and issues studied in VCE Health and Human Development.