There are some great research projects in Australia and internationally that can:

  • Reinforce the needs to encourage participation in the outdoors
  • Provide quantitative data to improve practice
  • Validate benefits of participation in outdoor pursuits

Outdoors NSW supports the following research projects:

Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data Base System — UPLOADS

This is an incident reporting and learning system for the outdoor education, recreation and adventure sector in Australia. This is a major collaboration between the Australian led outdoor activity sector, the University of Sunshine Coast and Federation University.
To read more about the UPLOADS project go here.

Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance — OYPRA

This is an Australian group looking at the health and well being benefits of outdoor programs for youth. The Alliance is hosted by the Murdock Childrens Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. The team includes representative from the health search sector, outdoor industry, government bodies, and non-profit organisations.
To read more about the OYPRA project go here

Outdoors NSW monitors research publications to bring relevant information to the outdoor community to improve practice.

If you are working on a current research project and would like to share your work with the outdoor community, please reach out and get in touch.


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