Outdoor Healthcare Roundtable

Whole-day Online Roundtable

Tuesday 24 November 2020, 10am to 2.30pm (AEDT)


Your donation will support the voluntary work of AABAT’s Outdoor Healthcare initiative by providing essential technical, communication and logistical support, along with reimbursements for indigenous presenters. Your donation, large or small, will help Outdoor Healthcare provide a meeting point for nature-based health providers and ongoing professional development opportunities within the emerging sector.


Within a few months after the inaugural “Nature & Health” Online Symposium, the new community was keen to reconnect with each other, and we were keen to update you on progress since the Symposium. This is why we hosted a FREE whole-day Online Outdoor Health Roundtable. 

The whole-day Roundtable provided updates on the Outdoor Health initiative – Purpose, Common practice framework, Ethics, and results of a Literature Review on the ‘Common elements of nature-based health practices’. The day also provided opportunities for people to share their thoughts on the journey of Outdoor Health in Australia.  

Key Speakers

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson shared her journey of bringing Indigenous practitioners together in Australia. 

Dr Kaye Richards shared her journey towards the formalisation of Outdoor Therapy in the UK.

Professor Mike Gass shared his journey of Adventure Therapy and Outdoor Behavioural Healthcare in the USA. 

We valued the opportunity to update you and hear your thoughts as we worth together to create a useful Outdoor Health sector. 

Stay tuned for more ways to connect. You can visit the Outdoor Healthcare website: www.outdoorhealthcare.org.au or via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/outdoorhealthcare.

Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this video on the importance of microbiomes for gut health and mental health put together by Michael Troy, ABC producer, Sailor and Innovator.

View Michael Troy’s video

This event was supported by AABAT and was hosted by AABAT’s Outdoor Healthcare Policy Unit.


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