The Nature Of Wellbeing-innovation and Research

The Nature Of Wellbeing-innovation and Research

The Nature Of Wellbeing-innovation and Research, Brisbane 12 – 13 October 2020
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There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.

Calvin Coolidge

Conference Theme

This interdisciplinary and international conference is a platform where nature meets wellness. The conference aims to deepen an understanding of nature and nature-based solutions that promote a reciprocal relationship with people's long-term physical and mental wellbeing - as well as sustainable health for the environment. Our gathering is of unique interest to Health Practitioners, Health Psychologists, Environmental Psychologists, Positive Psychologists, physical activity experts, public health professionals, policy makers, academicians, researchers, urban planners, educators, environmentalists, forest conservation workers, sports promoters, as well as professionals from the sustainable tourism industry. Our goal is to discuss solution-focused ways of promoting the wellbeing of our human and environmental health.

Leading experts in the field of health, environment, policy and research will distinctly highlight the importance of sustaining the natural world - our natural landscapes, forests, rivers and the ocean create a healthy environment and biodiversity, which are an essential contribution to health and wellbeing. Its primary goal is to share and discuss how our connection to nature and its benefits should be at the heart of policy making in public health, social care & education … and how nature-based interventions and activities should be in line with nature strategies set out by the Australian government by the year 2030.

Australia's strategy for nature

"Our Vision Australia's nature, now and into the future, is healthy and resilient to threats, and valued both in its own right and for its essential contribution to our health, wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life.
We plan to take a closer look at what partnerships and strategies can be implemented in order to deal with the impeding health and environmental issues arising from an increase in population and climate change, all while working towards environmentally sustainable economic growth."

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. 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:

Connection to nature
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 & Spirituality
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.

 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00
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Quote:

There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.

Calvin Coolidge

Conference Theme

This interdisciplinary and international conference is a platform where nature meets wellness. The conference aims to deepen an understanding of nature and nature-based solutions that promote a reciprocal relationship with people's long-term physical and mental wellbeing - as well as sustainable health for the environment. Our gathering is of unique interest to Health Practitioners, Health Psychologists, Environmental Psychologists, Positive Psychologists, physical activity experts, public health professionals, policy makers, academicians, researchers, urban planners, educators, environmentalists, forest conservation workers, sports promoters, as well as professionals from the sustainable tourism industry. Our goal is to discuss solution-focused ways of promoting the wellbeing of our human and environmental health.

Leading experts in the field of health, environment, policy and research will distinctly highlight the importance of sustaining the natural world - our natural landscapes, forests, rivers and the ocean create a healthy environment and biodiversity, which are an essential contribution to health and wellbeing. Its primary goal is to share and discuss how our connection to nature and its benefits should be at the heart of policy making in public health, social care & education … and how nature-based interventions and activities should be in line with nature strategies set out by the Australian government by the year 2030.

Australia's strategy for nature

"Our Vision Australia's nature, now and into the future, is healthy and resilient to threats, and valued both in its own right and for its essential contribution to our health, wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life.
We plan to take a closer look at what partnerships and strategies can be implemented in order to deal with the impeding health and environmental issues arising from an increase in population and climate change, all while working towards environmentally sustainable economic growth."

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. 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:

Connection to nature
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 & Spirituality
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.

 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00

Programme

 

 
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Happiness the authentic way

Dr. Vikki Barnes,
Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant, Specialist in Positive Psychology and Happiness. Previously worked in operational and strategic roles with Virgin Care, Virgin Limited Edition and the NHS

 

Programme to be announced

Registration Fees

9th to 10th July 2020 – Brisbane, Australia

 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00

Abstract Submissions

 

 

Details

Call For Papers

The Deadline for abstract submissions are as follows:

Opening Oral Abstracts and Poster Abstracts: August 15th, 2019
Oral Abstracts: 31st January 2020
Poster Abstracts: 30th April 2020

Presenting authors registration deadline: 30th June 2020

Early registration deadline until May, 1st, 2020

 

Submission steps
1
Download the submission form (pdf) from our web site. Please note this form should be completed using Adobe Reader.
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Fill in the form, save it and return it to: [email protected]
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The presenting author must pay registration fee (latest 10 days after admission of abstract).
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Wait for our feedback

The organizing committee at Forums and Events is pleased to invite you to submit original abstracts for oral- and poster presentations for our upcoming The Nature Of Wellbeing-innovation and Research, which will take place from the 9th to the 10th of July 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. Abstracts will be selected on a “first come first serve” basis.

Please refer to our guidelines below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference & Events Team on: [email protected]

All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English and should not be longer than 300 words. Enter the full name of your abstract exactly as it appears in your abstract document. This will be used for printing in the final programme. Author's, whose abstracts are accepted, must attend the meeting and present in person.

The Abstract should be no longer than 300 words in total.
Enter the full name of your abstract exactly as it appears in your abstract document. This will be used for printing in the final programme. Author's, whose abstracts are accepted, must attend the meeting and present in person.

Please structure your abstract according to the following headings:
Introduction or objective
Methods
Results
Conclusions and/or discussion
Acknowledgments


For poster abstracts, please ensure that the size of the poster should correspond to portrait DIN A0 format. Dimensions are: 1189 x 841 mm or 46.8 x 33.1 in90 x 120 cm. Ideally, each poster will be self-explanatory, but there will be a session where presenting authors are expected to be available near their poster to answer questions and engage in discussions.

All accepted abstracts will be printed in the meeting abstract book. This book will be distributed to all participants at the meeting and is included in the registration fee.

To update your abstract, please send the revised version to the Conference office: [email protected]

Submitting an oral and poster abstract is free of charge but presenting authors must register and attend the Conference should their abstract be accepted. Only fully registered and paid presenters and co-presenters will be included in the final programme.

After your abstract submission, we will confirm receipt of your abstract submission by email within 3 working days. If you do not receive this confirmation by e-mail, please contact the Organizing Committee at [email protected]

 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00

Venue

VENUE INFO

 

 

Griffith University EcoCentre

  • Address: Griffith University, Nathan Campus, N68, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia


The EcoCentre is set in the beautiful native bushland of Toohey Forest. The EcoCentre’s conference facilities are based in two beautifully furnished rooms that look out onto the forest.

 

By Car From the City

Leave the City via the South-East Freeway and proceed approximately 8 kilometres south.

Exit the freeway at Exit 11 - KlumppRoad/Mains Road (Note: do not exit the freeway at the Marshall Road exit - the Griffith University sign here relates to the Mt Gravatt campus).

On exiting the freeway, bear to the right (down the hill towards Mains Road, rather than bearing left to Klumpp Road), and get into the right hand lane.

Turn right under the freeway at the first set of lights into University Road then move into the left lane.

Proceed straight through the intersection and then straight through to the first roundabout into Griffith University.

Turn left at the next roundabout and you are now on the Ring Road.

The first car parks on your left (K & L) are located at the rear of the EcoCentre. If you continue on and enter the East car park, car park F is located at the front of the EcoCentre. These are the closest car parks for visiting the EcoCentre.

From the Gold Coast:

Take the Gaza Road exit from the South-East Freeway (heading towards the City).

Proceed in the right lane to the first set of traffic lights and turn right into Gaza Road.

Go under the freeway to the next set of lights (about 100 metres) and turn right back on to the South-East Freeway (now heading south).

Take the Klumpp Road/Mains Road exit (Exit 11).

On exiting the freeway, bear to the right (down the hill towards Mains Road, rather than bearing left to Klumpp Road), and get into the right hand lane.

Turn right under the freeway at the first set of lights into University Road then move into the left lane.

Proceed straight through the intersection and then straight through to the first roundabout into Griffith University.

Turn left at the next roundabout and you are now on the Ring Road.

The first car parks on your left (K & L) are located at the rear of the EcoCentre. If you continue on and enter the East car park, car park F is located at the front of the EcoCentre. These are the closest car parks for visiting the EcoCentre.

From East/West along Kessels Road:

Proceed along Kessels Road and turn into Griffith University at the Kessels Road/Troughton Road intersection. This will be a right turn if coming from the East (from Garden City) or a left turn if coming from the West (from Coopers Plains/Salisbury).

Drive up Griffith Road and turn right at the roundabout onto the Ring Road.

Continue along the Ring Road and go straight through the next roundabout.

At the third roundabout, perform a U-turn and continue back along the Ring Road.

The first car parks on your left (K & L) are located at the rear of the EcoCentre. If you continue on and enter the East car park, car park F is located at the front of the EcoCentre. These are the closest car parks for visiting the EcoCentre.

From the Sunshine Coast:

Heading south along the Gateway Motorway, take the Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road exit, approximately 12 km south of the Gateway Bridge.

Turn right on to Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and continue straight on. Upon crossing Logan Road, the road becomes Kessels Road.

Proceed along Kessels Road and turn right into Griffith University at the Kessels Road/Troughton Road intersection.

Drive up Griffith Road and turn right at the roundabout onto the Ring Road.

Continue along the Ring Road and go straight through the next roundabout.

At the third roundabout, perform a U-turn and continue back along the Ring Road.

The first car parks on your left (K & L) are located at the rear of the EcoCentre. If you continue on and enter the East car park, car park F is located at the front of the EcoCentre. These are the closest car parks for visiting the EcoCentre.

Parking on campus

Paid parking is available on campus at a cost of $2 per hour or $6 per day.
Parking can be paid for via one of the vending machines located around the campus or by using the PayStay app.
You will need to enter your registration plate details when paying for parking.
For further information, please visit: https://www.griffith.edu.au/parking

By Bus

Several bus service run directly to the Nathan campus from:
Brisbane CBD
Garden City
Capalaba
 
● 120
● 135
● 155
● 120
● 125
● 260
● 260
● 262


Other bus routes provide frequent services to the Griffith University Bus Station on the South East Busway:

● 140
● 260
● 150
● 262
● 160
● 155
● 169


From the Busway station, use Platform 1 to transfer on to the Griffith University Intercampus bus. For timetable information please visit: https://translink.com.au/

 


 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00

Getting There

About Brisbane

Brisbane, Queensland's capital city, enjoys a year-round warm climate and is the gateway to both the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, just being about an hour’s drive away either north or south. The Brisbane River winds gently through the city, making for epic views and outdoor activities aplenty. Brisbane not only boast with beautiful parklands and beautiful beaches but also enjoys many urban village hotspots, art galleries, excellent dining and shopping.

 

 

Visa and Travel Information

If you are travelling to Australia as an international attendee, you may be required to obtain an Australian visa for entry. To explore your visa option, Please click here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder

 

Visa Option

Apply for an Instant ETA Tourist Visa, which is recommended for a short travel to Australia with the purpose of attending a conference.

What is the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)?

The Electronic Travel Authority (or ETA) is the name given to the most commonly used Australian Tourist Visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to 3 months on each arrival within 12 months from the date the visa was granted.

▪ The ETA differs from traditional visas in that there are no application forms to fill in and no visa label or stamp in the passport.

▪ The ETA is available to passport holders from Australian Government specified countries and regions. To apply for an ETA (Visitor), you must be outside Australia and hold a passport issued by an ETA-eligible country or region (see below for the full list).

▪ You must apply for your ETA with the passport and passport number you will be travelling to Australia with; the visa is linked to this number. If your passport is lost/stolen or replaced before you travel to Australia, you will be required to re-apply for an ETA visa

The passport holders of the following countries are eligible to apply for the ETA:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunel Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino Republic Of, Singapore, Korea Republic of (South), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United Kingdom British National (Overseas), United States

Click here to apply for your ETA visa: https://bit.ly/2kmfrXG

 

LETTER OF INVITATION

Forums and Events organisers will be happy to issue a Letter of Invitation to our Conference Speakers, Poster Presenters and our Conference Attendees.

In order to receive such an invitation, you must register and pay for the conference first. You can register and pay by clicking on the below link: https://www.forumsandevents.co.uk/nature-of-wellbeing-in-nature-developing-partnerships-for-the-future Once you are fully booked onto our conference, please advise us by email at [email protected] that you wish to receive a Letter of Invitation.

Letters of invitation for visa purposes are hand signed and will be sent by regular post. Please anticipate around 6 weeks for arrival. Express mail will be offered on request, however the cost incurred for this service will be charged to you. Additionally, we are happy to send a Letter of Invitation as a pdf format by email.

Once you have received your letter of invitation, you will have to take the necessary steps to apply for your visa. Please note that you are fully responsible to make your own arrangements for getting a visa. Please contact your embassy or consulate as early as possible to find out all the necessary requirements and length of time expected to complete the visa process successfully.

For further information regarding the above, please feel free to contact us on: [email protected]

You can also find more information in the Visa Application Fact and Sheet Business Conferences Fact Sheet.

 


 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Leading companies and organizations in health, environment, policy and research, sustainable tourism industryn and sport industry are kindly welcome to sponsor our up and coming The Nature Of Wellbeing-innovation and Research.

We offer different sponsoring options to accommodate different budget and benefit requirements.

Some of our marketing opportunities include the following:
Exhibition Stands
Delegate Sponsorship
Sponsored Lunches, Drinks reception, Coffee Breaks or Dinners
Sponsored Delegate Packs
Advertising On Official Programs

We are happy to offer tailor-made solutions to accommodate your specific needs.

For more details, please contact:

Mr Charlie Ioannou
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8144 2944

 

Registration space is limited. We encourage guests to register asap!!!

Registration Fees

15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Early-Bird Registration (1 July 19 - 1 May 20)


Standard Registration AUD 675.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 540.00

Standard Registration (2 May 20 - 12 October 20)


Standard Registration AUD 795.00
Charity/Student Registration AUD 635.00
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