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Health-Risk Behaviours and Health-Protective Behaviours

5 credits

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Full course description

How can we Identify what motivates people to maintain either risky or safe behaviours relating to their health?

The public health sector is constantly working to help people reduce risky behaviour when it comes to their health. But many people continue to act in ways that undermine this community health messaging.

Understanding what motivates people to act in risky or healthy ways, and to change their behaviour, can produce more effective public health policies and practices.

In this credential you have the opportunity to discuss and analyse health risks around behaviours such as alcoholism, tobacco, unhealthy diet, inactive lifestyle and sexual activity.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for:

  • Health professionals working in nursing, occupational therapy, social work, speech pathology, physiotherapy, sexology, psychology, health promotion, dietetics or public health.
  • Professionals transitioning new working arrangements and roles into health-risk behaviours
  • Businesses aim to provide a professional development for employees in regards to the fundamental aspects of health-protective behaviour and health-risk behaviour in their work.


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • distinguish between health-protective behaviour and health-risk behaviour
  • explain the relationship between health behaviours and risk of disease
  • discuss tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet with regard to health
  • analyse reasons for the initiation of health-risk behaviours
  • explain factors in adherence and non-adherence
  • describe the relationship of diet to health
  • discuss physical activity as a protective behaviour in health
  • examine the role of screening in health behaviour.



To successfully complete this credential, you are required to pass a final assessment.



Earn a badge


Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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This credential provides foundation knowledge in a discipline and doesn't require previous knowledge.

You will also earn 5 credit points which are in line with Australian Qualification Framework Level 8 criteria, ensuring comprehensive theoretical and/or technical knowledge of the credential.


Discover more


Curtin Credentials focus on five themes, which have been carefully curated based on what's most relevant and valuable to professionals today, and in the future. This credential fits within the following theme:

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Influence and Persuasion

Learn skills and strategies to make effective change in your workplace and become a persuasive thought leader in your career.

Contact us


For more information on this, or any other questions about Curtin Credentials, email us at or call Curtin Connect at 1300 222 888.


*Curtin may cancel or reschedule a credential at any time and for any reason as it sees fit. The Start Date and the other details of this credentials are provided as a general guide only and may change from time to time.

✝This credential involves one day of instruction, however to pass and gain five credit points, you will need to commit further time to complete the full set of learning activities including (but not limited to) self-guided study and research, extension readings, activities and the final assessment activity.

^Learning is done completely online.

§Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

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Start: Coming soon*

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Duration: 1 Day

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Delivery Mode: Online^

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Price: ~$600 GST excl.§

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