Health Priorities in Australia

Yr 12 PDHPE Assessment Task 2
Research Paper

Student number: 20421324

Core One- Health Priorities in Australia
Skin Cancer

Outcomes Assessed:
H1 Describes the nature, and justifies the choice, of Australia’s health priorities
H2 Analyses and explains the health status of Australians in the term of current trends and groups most at risk
H3 Analyses the determinants of health and health inequities
H15 Critically analyses key issues affecting the health of Australians and proposes ways of working towards better health for al
H16 Devises methods of gathering, interpreting and communicating information about health and physical activity concepts.



Define the Nature of the Problem
Page 3-4

Extent of the Problem
Page 5

Risk Factors of priority area
Page 6

Identify and Explore the social Determinants
Page 7

Groups at Risk
Page 8-9

Page 10


Skin is the leading organ in the body, it is made up of a number of different layers of cells. 
Skin cancer occurs when cells are damaged from overexposure of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
There are two types of skin cancers and they are grouped into non- melanoma or melanoma.
Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common type of skin cancer. While melanoma is less common, it is also the most dangerous as it has the ability to spread to other parts of the body.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun damage DNA, which is the genetic materials that make up genes. Genes are in charge of the growth and general health of all skin cells. Depending on how severe the damage is, a normal skin cell may begin to grow and be uncontrollable with out you even noticing, producing a cancer cell. Ultraviolet radiation also causes sunburn, and other harm that makes the skin look prematurely old and wrinkled.
Australia has now the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. This is owed to the climate and the fact that most of us have the fair...