Outdoor education programs – solutions looking for a problem?

Mr David strickland1
1Sport and Recreation Victoria, Melbourne, Australia


Ever wondered why government agencies are absent from outdoor conferences and outdoor education programs struggle to get support and traction from government.
Governments are beset with a variety of challenges and seek partners with solutions to these problems. This session will have public health policy focus and challenge conference participants to review their outdoor programs and re-engineer them to get the attention of government.
There are five public health problems facing governments (globally): physical inactivity; obesity; mental health; health inequalities; and climate change. Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours are on the rise with physical inactivity now identified as the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality.
David will explore the issue of physical inactivity and associated physical literacy and the important role outdoor programs can play in addressing this growing government and global concern.
What does this mean for the future of outdoor program design, development and delivery? What opportunities exist for outdoor educators to partner with government to get people active outdoors?

David is a leading advocate for residential camping and outdoor activity programs.

He is a former teacher, residential camp manager, outdoor consultant and is now the Executive Officer, Sport and Recreation Camps with Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

• oversees the management of five government residential camps in partnership with the Victorian YMCA. Over 65,000 people attend these camps annually.
• plays a significant role in research and strategic development initiatives in the camping, outdoor, physical activity and nature play sectors.
• is the designer of an innovative state government leasing model for the development, management and program delivery through government owned assets.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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