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BEH2041 - Human development and health across the lifespan

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: TBA


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit uses the framework of human development throughout the lifespan to identify health and, specifically, emergency health issues at various stages of the lifespan. Students will investigate the roles of paramedics and allied health professionals in assessing human development and maintaining health across the lifespan and will explore issues relating to death and grieving. Included in this unit will be clinical visits to selected agencies to provide clinical context to the theoretical background.


By the completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. describe the physical, personal, psychological and social milestones of human development throughout the lifespan;
  2. recognise the impact of ethnicity, culture and race on human development;
  3. use appropriate strategies to communicate effectively with individuals across the lifespan;
  4. identify and explain the implications to the individual and society of major health and emergency health issues at various stages of the lifespan;
  5. identify essential activities and information regarding health promotion to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan;
  6. discuss changes in attitude about death across the lifespan; and
  7. summarise theoretical perspectives on grieving and loss.


Written assignment (2000 words): 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)