Mind-Body Wellness

Key Information

Lecture dates Semester 1: 9 - 13 Mar 2020

Lecture dates Semester 2: 24 - 28 Aug 2020

Census date Semester 1: 9 Mar 2020

Census date Semester 2: 24 Aug 2020

Lecturer:Leonie Hicks

Duration: 5 weeks (including 5 days on-campus)

Delivery: On-campus

Subject CodeHSW901/HSW701

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


Subject Structure

This subject runs for five weeks, with the following structure:


Week 1: Pre-reading of prescribed texts
Week 2:  Five lecture days on campus (9am - 5pm)
Weeks 3 - 5: Submission of assessments online