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Strong and Deadly

Unit description

Through an examination of three case studies of Indigenous community-based initiatives, students will analyse the significant factors that impact on the health and wellbeing of young people, particularly Indigenous young people.

Students will explain the significance of a strong cultural identity for Indigenous young people. They will examine the connections between positive educational experiences and improved health outcomes and evaluate community-based strategies that can improve the knowledge and skills of young people.

Aboriginal perspectives

The main stimulus material in this unit is the DVD Strong and Deadly. It is used to explore the issues of cultural identity and protective factors that influence positive health and wellbeing. The DVD presents three case studies which showcase community-based initiatives that draw on culture to provide programs that significantly influence the health and wellbeing of Indigenous young people.

Phases of learning:

  1. Influences on health status. Students examine the factors that influence the health status of Indigenous young people. They compare these influences to those of non-Indigenous young people.
  2. Challenges and opportunities. Students explore the social and cultural influences on the way people think about life challenges. They propose strategies aimed at engaging students in school life.
  3. Initiatives to improve health. Students examine the three case studies from the DVD Strong and Deadly, using a chart to summarise the main issues. They clarify their own values and attitudes relating to the issue of diversity within Australia. Students explore the range of health decisions and risk behaviours found among young people, and their inter-relatedness to a wide range of social, economic and political issues that impact on people's wellbeing. They develop and present a variety of health-promoting strategies that target young people.

Quality teaching framework

All units have been mapped to QT throughout.

Click here for QT details for this unit (PDF, 1 page, 65 KB)


These assessment for learning activities have been integrated into the phases of the teaching unit:

  • song lyrics – individual activity
  • dialogue for radio station – small group task
  • support seeking – small group activity.


Cross-curriculum content

  • Key compentencies
  • ICT
  • Differences and Divesity
Unit of work
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