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Outdoor education and bush adventure therapy: A social-ecological approach to health and wellbeing.

Pryor, Anita, Carpenter, Cathryn and Townsend, Mardie 2005, Outdoor education and bush adventure therapy: A social-ecological approach to health and wellbeing., Australian journal of outdoor education, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 3-13.

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Title Outdoor education and bush adventure therapy: A social-ecological approach to health and wellbeing.
Author(s) Pryor, Anita
Carpenter, Cathryn
Townsend, Mardie
Journal name Australian journal of outdoor education
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 13
Publisher Australian Outdoor Education Council
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1324-1486
Summary Together, outdoor education and bush adventure therapy can be seen to constitute a population-wide health intervention strategy. Whether in educational or therapeutic settings, the intentional use of contact with nature, small groups, and adventure provides a unique approach in the promotion of health and wellbeing for the general population, and for individuals with identified health vulnerabilities. This paper explicitly emphasises human and social health, however, an integral assumption is that a healthy and sustainable environment is dependent on healthy human relationships with nature. We invite outdoor educators and bush adventure therapy practitioners to examine the proposition that healthy interactions with nature can create a unique stream of socio-ecological interventions. A spectrum of outdoor adventure programs is provided, allowing outdoor educators and bush adventure therapy practitioners to locate their work according to program context and aims, and participant aims and needs.
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Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Outdoor Education Council
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003421

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Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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