Year 9 Resources


Curriculum context

Level: Year 9

Curriculum areas: English, Science, Health and Physical Education, Civics and Citizenship

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, ICT capability, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding

Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability

Have the conversation

There are many different perspectives about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In this learning sequence students explore these by considering some of the barriers to organ and tissue donation and some ethical issues relating to transplantation. Personal stories are used to portray a range of perspectives about the process of organ and tissue donation; and these perspectives are highlighted in the film The Last Race. By the end of this learning sequence, students will be in a better position to make an informed decision in relation to organ and tissue donation; and to understand the importance of sharing this decision with family and friends. The learning activities are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the materials used to support students' learning are mainly developed by the Organ and Tissue Authority (DonateLife).

Download the Year 9 Learning Package (1.17 MB PDF)





Donating for life: the science of organ and tissue donation

Curriculum context

Level: Year 8 and year 9

Curriculum areas: Science

General capabilities: Personal and social competence, Ethical understanding, Critical and creative thinking

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) was funded through the Organ and Tissue Authority’s Community Awareness Grants Program to develop a classroom resource pack “Donating for life: the science of organ and tissue donation” for year 8-9 science teachers to enable and encourage them to incorporate discussions on organ and tissue donation into their science lessons.

This classroom resource pack introduces students to a range of issues relating to organ and tissue donation for transplantation. The learning activities are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science; they are also relevant to the General Capabilities, including the Personal and social competence, the Ethical understanding and the Critical and creative thinking Learning Continuums. Students explore sensitive issues through short films, personal stories and factual texts; engaging and challenging material for the classroom.

These resources complement the existing DonateLife school education resources that cross several subject areas and are aligned with the Australian curriculum.

Download the science classroom resource pack for both Year 8 and Year 9 (810 KB PDF)

RiAus also hosted a free teacher professional learning event on organ and tissue donation to guide teachers through the science of cells, tissue and organ systems and introduce ethical discussions on organ donation into the classroom.

The recordings of the event is available through the RiAus YouTube channel below.





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