The conference aims to offer solutions for city dwellers who have become disconnected from nature by introducing nature-based urban planning approaches.
According to Australia’s biennial national report card on health, $467 million is spent on health care - or $19 per person per day on average. Additionally, it states that around 45% of Australians (aged 16–85) will experience some sort of mental illness or dysfunction in their life - most commonly: anxiety, substance abuse (alcohol) and mood disorders (depression).
Although there still lacks complete scientific certainty on nature and its positive effects, recent research has shown that connecting with nature is an important factor for our health and psychological wellbeing. Some additional studies conclude that connecting with nature helps people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression and other mood disorders. More studies on nature have shown to help people with feelings of social isolation, lowering chances of developing ADHD and improving physical health e.g., chronic pain, cardiac illness, respiratory functions, better eyesight, improved memory and cognition.
Evidence also points to nature connection being linked to the development of pro-environmental and pro-conservation behaviors, which, in turn, can lead to improved outcomes for the natural environment.
During the two day conference, a range of information sharing formats will be used: speaker/ keynote presentations, oral poster presentations, poster exhibitions and an interactive lunch. Plenary sessions will be interspersed throughout the day with question and answer sessions, panel discussions, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as social activities. This informative two day event will provide a valuable opportunity to network, share knowledge and ideas, and consider collaborative projects.
Delegates are invited to register their area of specialization and interest through submission of abstract proposals (link abstract submission). Please submit 300 words for either an oral or poster abstract submission. A 15 mins presentation can be given for an oral abstract on theory, research, case studies and practice.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Board (ARB) of the conference
You are invited to submit abstracts with core themes of:
Research findings on human-nature relationship and its impact on health
Nature-based urban planning approaches
Nature-based programs for children
Development of collaborative partnerships
Nature-based tourism and benefits to health
Prescribing time in nature
Physical activity and Nature
We welcome cutting-edge research, innovative practice ideas, as well as research-in-progress. Together we can create positive networking and growth opportunities for everyone involved.