Activity Introduction

chris asleepQuick summary: Students identify the causes of youth homelessness and gain the skills to be able to pick up on the early warning signs that a friend may display if they are at risk of becoming homeless. They engage in a sticky-note brainstorm to identify the factors that can influence healthy decision-making and healthy behaviours. They then watch Part 9 of THE OASIS and identify aspects of the social and physical environment that influence the characters, as well as risk and protective factors. Students then use the Reach Out website to research options for supporting an at-risk friend and suggest ways to identify and respond to negative influences on their friend’s health and well being, with the aim of encouraging safer and healthier choices.

Key ideas to explore:

  • The factors that can influence healthy decision-making and behaviours.
  • Warning signs associated with youth homelessness.
  • The decision-making and problem-solving skills required when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and well being.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Content descriptions: 

  • Examine the impact of changes and transitions on relationships (ACPPS090)
  • 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)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

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

Syllabus OutcomesPDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.2, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.12, PDHPE5.15, PDHPE5.16, PDHPE5.11

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 60 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 and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. Sticky-notes.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: House, home, homelessness, shelter, health, safety, youth, THE OASIS, risk factors, protective factors, health, well being, social environment, physical environment.

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

darrenTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand some of the factors that can influence healthy decision-making and identify the warning signs and behaviours associated with youth homelessness. Students apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and well being.

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, unh

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Being homeless is about making the right or wrong choices. Discuss.

1. Watch Part 9 of THE OASIS and take note of the physical and social environments, and the influences that they have on the characters in the film.

THE OASIS - Part 9 (

2. Record the possible influences on a person’s health behaviours and decisions in the table below:

General influences on health behaviours and decisions
Physical environment: Social environment:
Influences on health behaviours and decisions observed in THE OASIS
Physical environment: Social environment:

Choose an influence from the list you have created above, then explain how it may act as a positive influence on a person's health decisions and behaviours.

Next, choose an influence from your list above and explain how it may act as a negative influence on a person's health decisions and behaviours.

3. In pairs, access the Reach Out website to find some

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