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Please enjoy your Outdoors Victoria News, April 2019 
Who's a pretty rainbow lorikeet?

Education Outdoors Conference 2019

Individual Tickets Sales end on 24th May @ 4:30pm

Exhibitor Tickets end on 17th May @ 4:30pm 

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* please expect some changes and additions over the coming weeks.
  • If you still have Attendify on your phone from last year's conference then go into the App and search for 'OV conference 2019' and you'll be set to go.
  • If you don't already have the Attendify App: follow the links above to download from your App store, search for 'OV conference 2019' and join us :)
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On site Camping available at Federation University, Ballarat for Friday night: Only $10 incl gst

Are these lorikeets as well? image courtesy of Parks Victoria

Did you know?

The passwords to access library have just changed. We will be contacting members with the new passwords today.
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This month we would like to highlight the wonderful work of Ben Knowles and his team at ADVENTURE WORKS, in particular the Regenerate project. 
  • REGENERATE supports the recovery of women who have survived family violence, and addresses the traumatic impacts of family violence using Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT). Regenerate offers regular therapeutic components from which women and their children can ‘choose their own adventure’. BAT components include: two-hour adventure sessions; whole-day adventures; overnight adventure camps, and one-to-one counselling. Find out more...
  • REGENERATE EVALUATION: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This exploratory evaluation found Regenerate supports recovery across nine domains, with greatest gains in areas of safety, mental health and wellbeing, empowerment and self-esteem. Results also indicate progress in the area of financial independence, a possible by-product of gains made in other areas. 
    Download Executive Summary Here
Berry Street Victoria’s Wilderness Program has two reports: a formative evaluation and a really comprehensive literature review. Working with young people who have experienced trauma. 

Pryor, A., Pryor, R., & Carpenter, C. (2018). A Formative Evaluation of the Gippsland Wilderness Program March 2018. Melbourne: Berry Street Childhood Institute. 

Pryor, A., Pryor, R., & Carpenter, C. (2018). Outdoor Adventure Interventions - Young People and Adversity: A Literature Review. Melbourne, Australia. 

Ben Knowles and Lani Pereira, from Regenerate, will be presenting on Saturday June 1, at our Education Outdoors Conference: What is Bush Adventure therapy, and how might it be relevant to me? Opportunities tools and supports for outdoor educators working with increasingly diverse groups.

Australian AAS News

Challenge Course Good Practice Guide pre-released

The completed Challenge Course (low and high ropes) activity Good Practice Guide has now been pre-released, prior to the official launch in September 2019. All pre-released documents are available from the website home page
The Challenge Course Good Practice Guide is available by direct download.
Why pre-release?
The outdoor community has actively supported the development of the AAAS and GPG’s so the Steering Committee wanted to make the completed sections available as soon as possible.
Providers can use the pre-released documents to begin reviewing their activity systems well before the Australian AAS are adopted by all jurisdictions.
Official launch and adoption
The ‘official launch’ is planned for Sept 2019.
It is likely that adoption of the Australian AAS by all States and Territories would then occur early 2020. More detail on the adoption timeline will be released in due course.
Echidna hiding in the grass- Parks Victoria Image library

In other news

The University of Melbourne and Board of Sport are seeking to appoint a consultant(s) with industry experience to review the conduct of their adventure club activities and deliver appropriate Safety Management Plans, with EOI’s due 2nd May 2019. PROJECT BRIEF

Nature Play Week has begun and is running until the 28th April

Nature Play Week was developed collaboratively by individuals and organisations involved in the Kids in Nature Network and encourages parents and kids (and people of all ages) to take a break from screens and spend time playing outside in nature. Now in its sixth year, Nature Play Week is part of Premier’s Active April campaign. With over a hundred events and counting, there is something for everyone.

The wetlands and woodlands of Barmah National Park need your help: Parks Victoria has set out a draft strategy to save the wetlands. VNPA Have given the draft the BIG thumbs up and are looking for our support. Please tell Parks Victoria you approve of their Draft Barmah Strategic Action Plan, by responding to their questionnaire. We have provided some tips on VNPA's website.
Reportable Conduct Scheme - Investigations Forums: Three full-day forums on conducting investigations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme (the Scheme) are being held by The Commission for Children and Young People. Use the below links for more information and to register for the upcoming forums:
Let's end this newsletter with a good news article from the ABC earlier this month: Bush schools are increasing in Australia and teachers say they're achieving amazing results. It's not really news to you, our audience, but it's great to be reminded that the work you do, connecting all kinds of people, to nature is so valuable.

Send us your news items for the next newsletter

We are looking for interesting articles, resources, event dates, funding opportunities and images from our members for the next edition. If you have something to share, contact Robyn 
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