Mind-Body Wellness


Key Information

Lecture dates Semester 1 2020: 9-13 March 2020

Lecture dates Semester 2 2020: 24-28 August 2020  

Census date Semester 1 2020: 09 March 2020 

Census date Semester 2 2020: 24 August 2020 

Lecturer: Leonie Hicks Duration: 5 weeks (incl. 5 days on-campus)
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus, 231 Nolan St, Unanderra, NSW 2526, Australia
Subject Code: Postgraduate: HSW901 / Undergraduate: HSW701 (Cross-institutional Study)

Subject Overview

'Mind-Body Wellness' explores and analyses psychological, emotional, physical, social, and environmental factors that can contribute to, or work against, the health and wellbeing of individuals and societies. The subject examines mind-body wellness research from a range of perspectives, as well as exploring practical tools and interventions to assist others in improving mind-body wellness.

Learning Outcomes

Analyse the personal, social, political and environmental implications of wellness
Critically analyse the physiological and psychological roles that stress, exercise, nutrition, education, social context, spiritual life, and the environment play in contributing to health and well-being in the workplace and daily life and develop strategies to modify activities that increase risk of disease or illness
Discuss insights from Buddhist philosophy - and other spiritual belief systems - on health and wellness
Practice a meditation technique
Locate and evaluate credible information and evidence about wellness and complementary healthcare and critically analyse the basic principles, techniques, physiological impacts, applications, supporting evidence and controversies for selected complementary or alternative therapies

Describe the main alternative therapies utilised in Australia, including prevalence, acceptance, and regulations governing these modalities

Describe and explain the potential benefits and risks and the professional and ethical issues in mind-body wellness practice

Demonstrate reflective practice in relation to learning in the subject and also in examining one’s own insights into personal wellbeing and health, from a mind-body perspective



* Time structure:

- 1st week: pre-reading

- 2nd week: face-to-face classes at NTI Wollongong Campus
- 3rd to 5th week: time for completing written assessments