Outdoor youth programs research alliance
The goal of the Alliance is to develop a long-term program of high quality, fundable research that evaluates the potential benefits of outdoor, camping and nature-based programs on the resilience, learning and wellbeing of young Australians. The Alliance is being co-ordinated by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the University of Melbourne and includes a range of industry partners.
UPLOADS reporting system
Detailed information on injuries and injury-causation is required to understand the risks involved in facilitated or instructed “led” outdoor activities (LOA). However, in Australia, there is a paucity of information available on the epidemiology and causation of incidents in this sector.
To address this problem, Sport and Recreation Victoria has been engaged in a major program of research to develop a national approach to incident reporting, known as UPLOADS (Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System).
The UPLOADS project has been endorsed by both the Australian Research Council (ARC) as well as LOA organisations from across Australia, and demonstrates the strength and benefits of bridging the gap between research and practice.
Over the last 5 years, a prototype reporting system was developed and trialled in 50 organisations across Australia. The results of this trial presented the first ever national incident rates for LOA. To view the results visit the Uploads project website.
Sport and Recreation Victoria operates five residential campsites across Victoria.