Level 3 Health - Investigating Drug Use in New Zealand and Alternative Health Practices - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Kindley

This is an advanced and comprehensive course which requires students to undergo independent research and analysis of a variety of issues evident in the world today. These topics include a New Zealand health issue and health practices currently used in New Zealand.

Course Overview

Term 1
Analyse a New Zealand health issue.
Investigating a health issue within New Zealand. The use of Methamphetamine.
The nature of the use of methamphetamine and its implications on the well-being of people and society.
How the major determinants of health influence the issue.
The impact of this drug on a personal and societal level.
Recommending strategies to bring about more equitable outcomes in relation to the health issue.

Term 2
Health practices in New Zealand.
Students learn about the three categories of health practices - scientific, alternative and traditional medicine.
Investigate these health practices in relation to treating the symptoms of Depression.
Research the history, beliefs, procedures, and effects of these health practices.
Compare each health practice and support with credible evidence from medical research.


Level 3 Health - Ethical Health Issues & International Health Issues - Semester B

Nursing, Army medical careers, Mental health services, counselling, psychology, Sports nutrition, PE and Health teaching, physiotherapy.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Health Level 3 NCEA Learning workbook.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91461 v2 Health 3.1 - Analyse a New Zealand health issue
5r *
A.S. 91463 v2 Health 3.3 - Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand
5r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 10

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.


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