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Healthy Parks Healthy People Central
If you’re interested in finding out more about research on the link between contact with nature and the benefits to health and wellbeing, visit HPHP Central.
Here you will find the latest international research, innovations and programs.
Studies show there is a significant relationship between people's mental health and their local environment.
Read beyondblue’s study reviewing Australian and international research - Beyond Blue to Green: The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being.
Geelong's Active in Parks, a Healthy Parks Healthy People program
Geelong’s Active in Parks is an innovative program which aims to connect people across the Geelong region to parks and open spaces as a way of enhancing their physical and mental health. It is a joint program of Parks Victoria, People & Parks Foundation and G21 – Geelong Region Alliance and is sponsored by Medibank Community Fund.
03 Feb 2014
Nominations have opened for the 2014 Parks Victoria Kookaburra Awards that recognise individuals and groups for their outstanding volunteer contributions to Victoria’s parks and reserves. Parks Victoria Chief Executive, Dr Bill Jackson said the awards celebrate the enormous efforts of volunteers who help care for Victoria’s parks each year and…
12 Mar 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43
During Parks Week we’re celebrating increased access for people of all abilities...During Parks Week we’re celebrating increased access for people of all abilities to enjoy Victoria’s parks. Thanks to all who have been testing out the all-terrain wheelchairs that are now in many of our most popular parks. Whether it’s taking in the stunning views in the Grampians or at Wilsons Prom, enjoying time at the beach or experiencing the Great Ocean Walk, it’s great to see they are being put to such great use! http://ow.ly/ufr0PView post | Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15.50
Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic ways kids and families can connect w...Don’t forget to check out all the fantastic ways kids and families can connect with nature during Parks Week and beyond. Become a Junior Ranger, go camping, explore your local park or get involved in some of the many other activities on offer. http://bit.ly/1dj0WXI Remember to share your favourite park photos with us. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.View post | Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13.55
Celebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature...Celebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature and our beautiful parks have to offer. To help inspire you, our rangers have given us some of their favourite photos to share. We’d love to see your park photos too. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.Inspiring park picsCelebrate Parks Week with us from today until 9 March and enjoy all that nature and our beautiful parks have to offer. To help inspire you, our rangers have given us some of their favourite photos to share. We’d love to see your park photos too. Post to our timeline to be included in our inspirational Park Photo Album on Friday.View post | Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14.15