Health And Physical Education Included In National Curriculum

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MEDIA RELEASE  20th April 2010

Health and Physical Education included in the National


The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc (ACHPER) has

welcomed the announcement of the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood

Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) to include Health and Physical Education in

the National Curriculum. The decision comes in response to a strong recommendation by the

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

National Executive Director, Jeff Emmel said that “both ACARA and MCEECDYA should be

commended for their willingness to review the current development plan and cover all eight

learning areas listed in the Melbourne Declaration of December 2008”. 

This announcement is a timely boost for our profession and ACHPER

with its strong network of branches in the states and territories will be

available to assist ACARA in the challenging process ahead. Educators

and parents will be happy with this decision”.

Emmel said that “while the process of admission to the national curriculum development ‘club’

had been less than satisfactory it was evident that real attempts were now being made to

provide for a more coherent and cohesive national curriculum. We are delighted that

MCEECDYA has agreed to the curriculum entitlement that we have been advocating for some


1”The prioritisation of Health and Physical Education (HPE) within Phase three of the

curriculum development plan”;

2.  “The inclusion of HPE as a core learning requirement for all students in each year

from K–10”; 

3. “Maximising within the overall package of required school learning the number of

school hours that students participate in quality physical education and sport”.

Emmel thanked those kindred organisations and individuals who had continued to advocate

for the inclusion of Health and Physical Education. He suspected that the National Health

Preventative Task Force Recommendations had been influential but emphasised that ‘the

growing evidence around active and healthy living as a stimulus for learning in the classroom

generally would be an important part of HPE curriculum development”.

For Further Information /Interview


Jeff Emmel

National Executive Director

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc

            214 Port Road 

            Hindmarsh, South Australia 5007

Phone 08 8340 3388, mob 0403 570 915 

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