Enduring Effects of War - a series of lesson plans on war for middle secondary students


Out of concern about the simplistic and sometimes misleading messaging about war and in particular the Anzac story, which is increasing as we approach its 100th anniversary, MAPW wanted to do something to promote among young people an understanding and appreciation of the real effects that war leaves behind.   We are a national organisation of health workers concerned about the devastating and enduring effects that war has on people's health, mental and physical as well as the public health of whole communities. We joined with Act for Peace, the international agency for the Council of Australian Churches, and contracted the History Teachers Association of Victoria to produce some lessons, 11 in all, in a unit called the Enduring Effects of War.  After a lot of research, interviewing, writing and checking and rechecking by the HTAV staff, especially Jo Clyne and Richard Smith, we have a great set of lessons available to be used in year 9,10, and 11.  They are completely compatible with the National Curriculum, full of factual information including some primary sources and designed to get students thinking critically about the subject matter. 

Just click on the pdf attachment below to access all eleven lesson plans -

Technical note : to activate the hyperlinks contained in the lesson plans and introduction, please download the attachment below and open the document in Adobe

The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) is a professional not-for-profit organisation that works to promote peace and disarmament. MAPW aims to reduce the physical and psychological impact, as well as environmental effect, of wars throughout the world. MAPW has branches in every state and territory in Australia. The members of MAPW are mostly medical practitioners who use their understanding of world medical issues in the campaign to prevent war using diplomatic channels rather than armed combat.

Our aims include:

Working towards the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction

The prevention of armed conflict

The promotion of peace through research, advocacy, peace education and partnerships.

About Act for Peace

Act for Peace is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. It was founded in 1948 in response to a need for help by people who had been displaced or damaged by World War II (WWII). It works towards providing humanitarian aid for people suffering due to conflict and disaster with the following objectives:

Protecting refugees

Preventing conflict through the destruction of weapons and campaigning for peace

Reducing poverty through relief support and community development

Empowering communities.

You can find out more about Act for Peace here: www.actforpeace.org.au