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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.

Beyond Blue

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.

Find out more about the program on www.activeinparks.org or follow the program on Twitter www.twitter.com/ActiveinParks  

 

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Parks increase access for visitors with a disability

06 Oct 2014

A recent project to help people with a disability to enjoy Victoria’s parks, including Braeside Park, by sharing their experiences online has been deemed a success and wonderful life experience for the participants. Parks Victoria and Scope, a Victorian disability service provider, joined forces on the pilot project that took…

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Special Olympics National Games

20 Oct 2014 4:00pm - 24 Oct 2014 5:00pm

The 10 Special Olympics National Games (SONG) is the flagship event for Special Olympics Australia and will be held in Melbourne from October 20 to 24 predominantly at venues at Albert Park. It provides an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities from around Australia in ages ranging from 9 through…

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Westerfolds parkrun

25 Oct 2014 8:00am-9:00am

parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.

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Australian Rhododendron Society 2014 Convention

25 Oct 2014 9:00am - 26 Oct 2014 4:00pm

This year’s ARS National Conference focuses on the pressing topic of Rhododendron conservation in this time of steeply accelerating forest loss, climate change and human population.

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Mount Alexander Regional Park

25 Oct 2014 12:30pm-1:30pm

A walk through the ex koala reserve identifying and recording birds around us To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk through Mount Alexander Regional Park. The ranger will take you through the ex koala reserve to help identify and record…