High levels of preventable chronic disease, injury and mental health problems

High levels of preventable chronic disease, injury and mental health problems2016-08-22T12:52:46+10:00

High levels of preventable chronic disease, injury and mental health problems are part of Australia’s health priorities and the target of many health promotion campaigns. Chronic disease is Australia’s most pressing health priority. Most are caused by lifestyle choices and can be prevented or delayed by simple adjustments to people’s life choices.

Chronic diseases have a very high disease burden and their preventative nature and high prevalence makes them a key priority issue for Australia’s health. Other health priorities such as injury also have potential to be prevented, particularly in relation to transport and work related injuries. Mental health is also a priority issue for Australia’s health with a growing burden of disease across Australia.

Students learn about:

Students learn to:

  • research and analyse CVD, cancer and ONE other condition listed by investigating:
    • the nature of the problem
    • extent of the problem (trends)
    • risk factors and protective factors
    • the sociocultural, socioeconomic and environmental determinants
    • groups at risk

Past HSC PDHPE exam questions

2011 Question 21

(a) Outline strategies that reduce the risk of skin cancer. 3 Marks

(b) Breast cancer and lung cancer are two common cancers in Australia. What are the determinants of these cancers and why do they put some groups more at risk than the general population? 7 Marks

2014 Question 21

Outline TWO groups most at risk of cardiovascular disease in Australia. 3 Marks