Health Sciences

An appreciation of community health issues and the essential requirements of most nursing and midwifery practices are fundamental components of any future career in the caring professions.

The knowledge gained by students within our health sciences workshops will allow them to gain:

  • experience with lab equipment
  • experience within a simulated hospital environment
  • critical thinking

They are also instructive elements in general for dealing with many social and community health issues, which is reflected in the focus of Years 9 and 10 General Science and Health units and the VCE Health and Human Development Units.

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Middle years

Nursing and midwifery

Curriculum: Year 9 and 10, General Science, Health


Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $15 per student

Class capacity: 20 students

This workshop immerses students in a safe, simulated hospital environment, introducing patients – usually life-sized mannequins that mimic patient behaviour, or actors standing in as patients – and an opportunity to practice nursing and midwifery.

Working with high-tech Human Patient Simulators, students learn:

  • how to assess a patient’s health
  • how to check and monitor patient safety
  • to listen with a stethoscope to simulated heart, lung and abdominal sounds in both healthy and health-compromised patients

Using ultra-violet light technology, they discover the dangers of (simulated) micro-organisms to patient health and how to save lives with simple hygiene practices. Students also perform safe Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on a Human Patient Simulator that provides real-time feedback and calculates overall CPR performance.

Biomechanics of jumping

Curriculum: Year 9 and 10, General Science, Sport


Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $15 per student

Class capacity: 20 students

Exercise science is a multi-disciplinary study of human movement performed to maintain or improve physical fitness.

This workshop focuses on the biomechanics of a vertical leap, students:

  • measure how how they can jump from a standstill
  • look at the muscles involved in jumping
  • develop and test factors predicting the height of an individual's vertical leap


Social-cultural determinants of health and well-being

Curriculum: VCE Year 11, VCE Health and Human Development Unit 2

Dates and locations:

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: $25 per student

Class capacity:

  • Mildura - 60 students
  • Bendigo - 20 students

This workshop focuses on the impact of socio-cultural factors on health, development and well-being.


  • explore the roles and responsibilities of parents, carers and families and how these contribute to childhood development
  • examine the impact of risk factors and early life experiences
  • gain a deeper understanding of intergenerational factors affecting health and wellbeing

Students have access to specialised resources and interact with Allied Health specialists from their local community. Tailored towards Health and Human Development (HHD) VCE Unit 2, this workshop is aligned with changes in the 2018 study design and lays the foundations for HHD Units 3 and 4.

For enquiries please contact SHE outreach (03 9479 6516), join our mailing list, download our brochure [PDF 2.3MB] or program summary [PDF 0.3MB].