What next?


First, if you haven’t already completed the Symposium Feedback Survey please do. Your responses will help guide our future work. To access the survey please use the password you were given to access the webinars. Please complete the survey by the 31st July.


If you attended Friday’s whole-day event and noticed some video glitches, you’ll be pleased to know those presentations have now been repaired and like all Symposium recordings, are available for you to watch (or re-watch) at your leisure until 31st July 2020. 

Webinar recordings: https://symposium.outdoorhealthcare.org.au/2020-webinar-series/

If you missed Friday’s final video presentation by Anita Pryor, Ben Knowles and Kylie Peters describing where the outdoor healthcare initiative came from, some work to date, and how to become involved, you can view the full 20 minute video presentation here: https://symposium.outdoorhealthcare.org.au/timetable/event/webinar-5-session-4/.


If you’d like to participate in a fortnightly online Outdoor Health Roundtable to represent your nature-based health modality in a conversation about forming a national body, let us know and we’ll email you an invitation: contact@outdoorhealthcare.org.au

If you’d like to join our research efforts and attend a collaborative online Outdoor Health Research Forum in Sept 2020, let us know and we’ll keep you posted: contact@outdoorhealthcare.org.au


If you’d like to share your work with the sector and the general public, be sure to provide details about your service and practices in the Outdoor Health Service Directory Form. The new directory will be launched on 1st August 2020. The submission form can be found here: https://outdoorhealthcare.org.au/outdoor-healthcare-service-directory-form/


The inaugural “Nature & Health” Online Symposium is now available as a full package of recordings that can be accessed for $20 until 31st July, so shout it from the mountain tops! If you felt inspired, moved or provoked, be sure to share the registration link with your friends, family, colleagues and networks. For $20, they can watch or re-watch any video presentation or webinar at their leisure until 31st July 2020.


We’re super happy to be able to share another amazing video presentation with you who have participated in the inaugural “Nature & Health Online Symposium.

This presentation, called “Microbiomes at Sea” has kindly been put together by Michael Troy, Senior ABC Producer. In this 16 min video, Michael presents his yacht ‘South Winds’ as a metaphor for our guts, and interviews his cousin Professor Anthony Hannan of the Florey Institute on the importance of healthy microbiomes for gut health and mental health.

To receive a link to this thought-provoking video, be sure to include your contact details in the Symposium Feedback Survey.


Pending more information on covid pandemic restrictions in the coming weeks, we are still holding hope to host a real live in-person “Outdoor Health” Symposium on Wednesday 11th November 2020 in Hobart, Tasmania. The purpose of this event will be to come together to start the formation of an Outdoor Health representative body. The timing of this 1-day event is set to precede AABATs Annual National Forum, a 3-day immersion in nature and Indigenous cultural practices planned for 13th – 15th Nov 2020. Please check the Outdoor Healthcare and AABAT websites for updates, or sign up to the Outdoor Healthcare mailing list on the Online Feedback Survey. Fingers crossed these two amazing events can go ahead and we are able to meet in-person…we hope to have an update on this in the next fortnight.

In the meantime, breathe deep, stay well, enjoy watching Symposium reruns, and keep in touch with us in these ways –

WEBSITEwww.outdoorhealthcare.org.au and www.aabat.org.au

FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/outdoorhealthcare and www.facebook.com/AABATInc




If you attended Friday’s whole-day event and noticed some video glitches, you’ll be pleased to know those presentations have now been repaired and like all Symposium recordings, are available for you to watch (or re-watch) at your leisure until 31st July 2020. 

Webinar #2 – Continuum of Care

Next week we’re super pleased to be sharing a taste of 2 evidence-informed nature-based healing modalities: Forest therapy and Adventure therapy, by two highly esteemed USA colleagues – Dr Robert Zarr and Dr Christine Lynne Norton.

To get you started in learning about Forest Therapy, this Friday 5th June we’ll provide a link to an audio track prepared by Dr Robert Zarr, which you’re invited to listen to prior to Tuesday’s early morning Webinar #2. It will be made available to registered attendees on the webinar’s event page. We suggest listening to Robert’s Forest Therapy experience out-of-doors and uninterrupted if possible. If you don’t get to it, never mind, we’ll be listening to the track together on Tuesday.

Webinar #2 is a rare chance to experience Forest Therapy and Adventure Therapy in action, and ask all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask about these practices.

Continue the conversation

For those who attended Webinar #1 and want to continue the conversations, we’ve set up a new Nature & Health Symposium 2020 Shared Conversations Closed Facebook Group. To spur the conversations, we’ll paste some unanswered questions from Webinar #1, and invit Aunty Verna, Luke and Ken to respond. You can access the closed Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/278213246657738/.

Webinar #1 Indigenous Approaches recording is now available!

We were pleased to start the ‘Nature & Health’ Symposium webinar series last Tuesday by grounding our conversations in the approaches of people whose cultures have understood nature-based health and healing in the Australian continent for millennia.
A beautiful ‘Welcome to Country’ by Aunty Verna Nichols, a pakana/ bunurong elder was followed by presentations from Uncle Ken Jones a Boandik elder, and Luke Mabb a Wakka Wakka man born on palawa country. Their honest sharing generated some heart-warming feedback and started some great conversations.