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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

Active in Parks is an award-winning Healthy Parks Healthy People program that encourages interaction with nature to improve people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Piloted by the People and Parks Foundation in 2011, with the support of Barwon Medicare Local, Parks Victoria and the Medibank Community Fund, the program’s initial goal was to get Barwon residents healthy, active and outdoors. Following the success of the pilot, Active in Parks has now expanded to work across the country, reaching over 100,000 people Australia wide.

In addition to providing organisations and community groups with step by step implementation guides for its programs it also connects Australians to thousands of outdoors activities through its ‘What’s On Outdoors’ database.

Head to www.activeinparks.org for more information and to see what’s happening in your community.

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Barmah National Park boasts new facilities to please all

02 Mar 2015

A new boat ramp and picnic tables are just some of the upgrades completed last week at The Gulf in Barmah National Park north of Nathalia. Locals and visitors alike will welcome the upgrades, which also include improved access and parking areas, better protection of a large ring tree that…

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Easter Holiday Discovery Program

30 Mar 2015 12:00am - 10 Apr 2015 12:00am

The holiday discovery program at Wilsons Promontory National Park offers an exciting array of activities for all ages exploring our marine and coastal environments. Become a bush detective, explore rock pools at low tide, decorate a take home reusable bag with stencils of native plants, look through binoculars at the…

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Grampians Naturewise Experience

30 Mar 2015 8:30am - 1 Apr 2015 6:00pm

Come join our Grampians Naturewise holiday experience in Victoria! You'll join park rangers to track and protect the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales. Go behind the scenes and enjoy the breathtaking landscape with local walks while assisting with endangered species monitoring. The Grampians National Park has recently captured footage of a rare…

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What's on for April in Albert Park

1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015

A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.

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Cadbury Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt

3 Apr 2015 9:30am-3:00pm

Children aged three to 12 can take part in one of the many egg hunts throughout the day, make Easter gifts at the Arts and Crafts tent and will be able to visit the carnival area complete with pony rides, face painting and sack races. The lovable Cadbury Easter Bunny…