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HEALTH AND WELLNESS SHSM
 

 
PROFILE OF THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS SECTOR
 
Kinesiologist, child care worker, audiologist, fitness instructor, doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, youth care worker, hospital porter, and medical technician are just some of the numerous and varied occupations in the health and wellness sector.
 
This sector not only has a wide variety of careers, but also is significant for the number of workers it employs. According to Canada’s Health Care System, published by Health Canada in 2005, “approximately 1.6 million people work in health care and social services in Canada”.1 The same publication states that this figure makes this sector “the nation’s third largest employer after manufacturing and the retail trade”.
 
The demand for health and wellness professionals will only increase. One reason is that a large number of employees in the sector are nearing retirement age. A survey conducted in 2002 found that “12% of the total number of [Ontario’s] health care professionals … are over the age of 55.”2 In addition, as our population ages, the demands on the health care sector will rise.
 
 
 
SAMPLE OCCUPATIONS IN THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS SECTOR
 
 
 
Apprenticeship Training
 
 
College
 
 
 
 
 
 
·  Child and Youth Worker
 
·
Ambulance Attendants
 
·
Early Childhood Educator
 
·
Biomedical Engineering Technologist
 
·
Educational Assistant
 
·
Community and Social Service Worker
 
 
 
 
·
Dental Hygienist/Assistant
 
 
 
 
·  Funeral Director or Embalmer
 
 
 
 
·
Hospital Information Clerk
 
 
 
 
·
Medical Secretary
 
 
 
 
·
Paramedic
 
 
 
 
·
Practical Nurse
 
 
 
 
·
Registered Massage Therapist
 
 
 
 
·
Respiratory Therapist
 
 
 
University
 
 
Workplace
 
 
 
 
 
 
·
Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist
 
·  Blood Donor Clinic Assistant
 
·
Chiropractor
 
·
Certified Personal Trainer
 
·
Dentist
 
·
Doctor’s Office Receptionist
 
·
Dietician or Nutritionist
 
·
Fitness instructor
 
·
Family, Marriage or Other Counsellor
 
·
Hospital Admitting Clerk
 
·
Hospital Equipment Sales Representative
 
·  Hospital Cleaner and Porter
 
·
Kinesiologist; Sports Therapist
 
·
Lifeguard
 
·
Medical Microbiologist or Sonographer
 
·
Recreation Program Leader
 
·
Midwife; Registered Nurse
 
 
 
 
·
Optometrist; Podiatrist
 
 
 
 
Note: The names here reflect common usage by institutions and organizations in this sector in Ontario.
 
1 Health Canada, Canada’s Health Care System, www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/alt_formats/hpb-dgps/pdf/pubs/2005-hcs-sss/ 2005-hcs-sss_e.pdf.
 
2  MEDIAFORCE Helpdesk, The Ontario Health Care Labour Market, http://testunix.mediaforce1.com/itp/LM%20Report/1%20 HealthCareLabour.pdf.

Required Components for the SHSM – Health and Wellness
 
The SHSM-Health and Wellness has the following five components:
 
1.    A bundle of nine Grade 11 and 12 courses
 
·         four Health and Wellness major credits
 
·         three required courses in English, math, and science or social sciences where a CLA is delivered
 
·        two co-op credits in the sector (additional co-op credits can be substituted for major or required credits)
 
SHSM–Health and Wellness
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Credits
 
Apprenticeship
 
College
 
University
 
Workplace
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Training
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
Gr. 11   Gr. 12
 
 
 
 
Major Credits (may include
4*
 
4*
 
4*
 
4*
 
 
 
 
maximum of 1 Co-op Credit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
English
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
 
 
 
includes
Mathematics
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
content
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
delivered in
Science or
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
 
 
 
the sector’s
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Social Sciences
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
context
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
and
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Humanities or
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Additional
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Co-op Credit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cooperative Education
2
 
2
 
2
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total number of credits
9
 
9
 
9
 
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*a minimum of one Gr 11 and one Gr 12 credit
 
2. Seven sector recognized certifications and training:
 
Four compulsory
 
 
CPR -Level C + AED
WHMIS
infection control
Standard First Aid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three electives from the list below
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
advanced training in a
allergy awareness
ambulation lifting and
animal first aid
 
 
technique
 
transfers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
babysitting
behaviour management
child safety and injury
coaching/personal training
 
 
 
 
prevention
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
communication skills
conflict resolution
customer service
ethical considerations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
fire extinguisher use
fitness
group dynamics
lab practices
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
leadership skills
marine and wilderness first aid
medical terminology
non-violent crisis intervention
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
personality inventory
safe body mechanics
safe food handling - basic
sign language
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
specialized care (e.g.
sterile techniques
stress management
SafeTALK
 
 
diabetes, nutrition)
 
techniques
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
waste management
wrapping and taping for
 
 
 
 
 
performance and injury
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. Experiential Learning and Exploration Activities
4.  Reach Ahead Experiences
5. Essential Skills and Work Habits and the Ontario Skills Passport
 
LEAD TEACHER:  Mr. G. SCOTT    Greg.Scott@publicboard.ca