Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson explores potential avenues of support for young people within their personal, local and online communities. Students will explore the barriers and enablers to seeking help, and reflect using a simple three-step formula that can be used when asking for help. Students will undertake a group research task, to learn more about the services that are available to support the health and wellbeing of young Australians and make comparisons to other support services.

Life After The Oasis is a 75 minute documentary that explores the issues, interventions and mindsets associated with youth homelessness in Australia. The film revisits characters and stories from the original 2008 documentary The Oasis, and how opportunities and experiences have shaped their lives over the last ten years. Find out how to screen or view the film here.

Warning: The documentary and the clips contained in this lesson, contains explicit language, images of drug use and confronting scenes and may upset some viewers. Teachers should use their personal discretion when showing the documentary. This resource deals with the rising problem of youth homelessness and its associated social and personal issues. There may be students in your class who have experienced some of the issues discussed. You are encouraged to arrive at a set of agreements and ground rules for discussion with your class about the best way to approach the issues being covered in a way that recognises the dignity of our fellow classmates. Click here for tips on setting ground rules for class discussions and here for advice on how to handle sensitive topics and controversial issues in your classroom.

Learning intentions:

  • Students identify and analyse credible and reliable sources of health information.
  • Students communicate health information with others.
  • Students develop skills and confidence in asking for help.

21st century skills: 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Health and Physical Education Year 9 and 10

  • Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8.

General capabilities: LiteracyEthical UnderstandingPersonal and social capability

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 achievement standards:  

Topic: Social Issues

Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – HPE

Time required: 100 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and guide student research.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. A device capable of presenting a video to the class. Handling Sensitive Topics And Controversial Issues Factsheet – teacher copy (Optional).  Evaluating Websites Factsheet – one copy per student (Optional). Butcher’s paper and markers. 

Keywords: support services, homelessness, vulnerability, barriers, enablers, youth, health information, credible and reliable information, The Oasis

Shark Island Productions and Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of The Caledonia Foundation to the development of these resources.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ... 

  • ... identify and analyse credible and reliable sources of health information.
  • ... communicate health information with others.
  • ... develop skills and confidence in asking for help.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... locate credible and reliable health information, and explain the importance of using them.
  • ... identify support people and services that they and others can use when needed.
  • ... locate and analyse community health services that work to support vulnerable youths.
  • ... communicate health information with others.
  • ... use a simple formula to ask for help.

Teacher content information: On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are experiencing homelessness. This alarming statistic raises many questions about homelessness in Australia and what is being done by government and non-government institutions to combat the problem. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) defines a person to b

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "Oasis; That’s Like My High School Courtyard!" – Emma

Barriers and Enablers 

Identify the barriers and enablers that people face when seeking help. List the barriers listed in the first column and the enablers in the second.

Barriers Enablers

Use the people and organisations from your group's brainstorming to help answer the following questions:

1. Which person or organisation would you be most confident in seeking help from?

2. Which person or organisation would you be least confident in seeking help from?

3. Which person or organisation did you not think of, or surprised you the most?

Life After The Oasis (

The Geelong Project

What would you like to investigate further about The Geelong Project? Write your questions and ideas below.

Research Task – Finding Support Services

Our group number __________________________.

Our group is investigating ______________________________.

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