Activity Introduction

haley and paulQuick summary: Students understand that there are many challenging factors that come with being homeless, one in particular being financial stability. Students identify how an individual can find himself or herself in financial crisis by looking at some basic costs associated with living on the street for a night. Students identify the financial and emotional costs faced by the characters of THE OASIS as they watch Part 6 and 7. Students then research opportunities that are available for people experiencing homelessness in their state.

Key ideas to explore: 

  • Students understand that homelessness is often severely impacted by an individual’s financial resources.
  • Students explore options for accessing support in their state.
  • Students evaluate the impact that financial stress can have on emotional well being.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Content descriptions: 

  • Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and well being of diverse communities (ACPPS098)
  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and well being may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
  • Critically analyse and apply health information from a range of sources to health decisions and situations (ACPPS095)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.

Syllabus OutcomesPDHPE5.2, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.12, PDHPE5.15, PDHPE5.16, PDHPE5.13.

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 90 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class, access to THE OASIS documentary on VimeoPyramid reflection tool.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: House, home, homelessness, youth, community development, THE OASIS, financial, priority, health, well being.

Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with English Teachers Association NSW and the ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

owen in alleyTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students understand that many homeless people experience financial hardship. Students explain the impact that financial stress can have on emotional well being and research services available in their state to support homeless youth.

Teacher content information: This lesson is based on THE OASIS documentary, which raises awareness of youth homelessness, celebrates the resilience of young people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia and empowers the next generation of young people to take action to prevent youth homelessness in the future.

Young people often become homeless because of family breakdown, often stemming from parental conflicts or a collapse of their relationship with a husband/wife or partner. Some young people who are living independently become homeless because they can’t afford living expenses such as rent. Being homeless is unsafe, unhealthy and very stressful. Young people experiencing homelessness are not a h

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Homelessness and financial hardship often go hand in hand and can be thought of as a cycle. Using an example, explain what this means.

1. What would you choose?

Note: If you feel uncomfortable with the content of this lesson at any time, please notify your teacher.

Put yourself in the position of a person your age who has just been forced to leave home. You have no time to grab anything except your empty backpack. You only have the clothes you are wearing, your mobile phone (which has no credit) and your wallet (which has your ID, Medicare card, bankcard and $5.40 in it). You have been receiving Youth Allowance as a dependent as you have been living at home but your last payment was over a week ago, so you only have $40 left in your bank account.

  • Youth Allowance payment as a dependent: $240 a fortnight ($120 per week or $17 per day)
  • Youth Allowance payment as an independent: $430 a fortnight ($215 per week or $30 per day)

What to buy? The Oasis - HPE - The financial reality

Which 10 items from the table abo

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