Outdoors Victoria Conference 2022

Outdoors Victoria Conference 2022

The OV Conference enjoyed a comeback in 2022 after a two-year break due to the COVID pandemic. It was a tremendously successful event that provided professional development content for our usual audience of outdoor educators, staff & students.

The point of difference in 2022 was that we included a dedicated industry content stream for camp operators and outdoor adventure activity providers, a mental health and wellbeing stream and a nature and environment focussed stream.

The event was held at the beautiful Lilydale Lakeside Conference Centre at Box Hill Institute and was such a delight we will be returning to Lilydale again in 2023!

Highlights Video Outdoors Victoria Conference 2022

Event Timetable and Sessions 2022

  • The Power of People : Opening keynote – Libbi Gorr 
  • Resources and Strategies for Working With Children (and their families) in the Outdoors– Rose Major & Luke Parker- Outdoors Victoria 
  • Bush Adventure Therapy – Integrating social work and counselling into an outdoor education and guiding practice | Joshua McLean & Shelley Wright- Geelong Adventure Specialists 
  • Integrated workforce training for Australia | Tash Hay- OEG, Andy Watts, Box Hill Institute & Matt Cox, Victoria University 
  • Wild Pedagogies and the idea of nature as co-teacher | Marcus Morse- La Trobe University
  • Embedding First People’s Perspectives in Learning in the Outdoors | Karen Anderson- Balnarring Preschool 
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Other Industries | Lori Modde-  Outdoors NSW & ACT
  • Eco-Psychology & Eco-Therapy: Inspiring active hope in a time of global pandemics, conflicts and climate change Jeff White- Nature Stewards 
  • Climate change, our biggest issue: connecting meaningfully with participants and role modelling deep engagement| Damon Angelopulo- Outdoors People for Climate
  • Wilsons Promontory – a safe haven in a changing climate | Lyden Costin- Parks Victoria 
  • Active Schools = Active Kids! | Bernie Holland & Michelle Barry- ACHPER 
  • Add sun protection to your outdoor kit | Justine Osbourne – Cancer Council Victoria 
  • Risk Management & Sustainable Insurance – Is it possible? | Paul Davenport & Greg Shallard- Affinity Insurance Brokers
  • Ecological thinking: Collaborations with the more than human world | Derek Cook & Luna Mrozik Gawler- Up the Creek
  • Ropes, tools, weaving and survival…how to add life skills and value to your outdoor programs across the ages | Liz Haines & Danielle Bain- The Y Kids Go Bush 
  • Coastal education as conversation with landscape | Alex Prins & Brian Wattchow – Federation University
  • Fun & Effective Re-Connection Activities | Mark Collard- Playmeo 
  • “If it ain’t Boeing, I a’int going”. Lessons Learned in Organisational Safety from the Boeing 737 Max Disaster | Clare Dallat- Risk Resolve 
  • Queer Nature Connection- creating more inclusive outdoors experiences for LGBTQIA+ folks | Melissa Turnbull & Oliver Fabinyi
  • Brian Nettleton Lecture: ‘Through the unknown, unremembered gate’ by Brian Wattchow 
  • Non-Indigenous Educators Engaging with Indigenous Being-Doing-Knowing in Outdoor Education | John Quay- University of Melbourne 
  • Outdoor Health: Taking Healthcare Outdoors for the Benefit of all | Anita Prior & Ben Knowles 
  • Staring down the 4 Horsemen – tips and tricks to be prepared for any emergency | Reegan Key- Emergency Management Victoria 
  • Protecting our natural environment while we enjoy the great outdoors | Kate Gavens – Office of the Chief Conservation Regulator 
  • Connection Before Content: A Pathway to Wellbeing 
  • Sustainability and Waste Management on Outdoor Education Programs | Carly West & Bianca Bell- Brighton Grammar 
  • “It’s not my adventure, it’s yours” – how shifting our lens on facilitated adventure can create amazing results | Doug Moczynski & Graham Pringle- Gippsland Adventure Therapy 
  • Getting back into the Bush after the Burn | Loren Miller & Helene de Lagillardaie – Outward Bound Australia 
  • Tomorrow’s workforce will change the world| Matthew Boyd- NatureBoss 
  • VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies Review Update | Chris Clark – Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • Transformational Learning. Experiential Education without the Back Pack. | Kim Ali & Antony Benson- Christian College Geelong- Farm Campus 
  • Developing Ecological Consciousness for Education and Nature Connection| Jeff White- OV’s Nature Stewards 
  • What Could a Victorian 7-10 Outdoor Education Curriculum Look Like? Your Input Required |Dr. Josh Ambrosy & guests (John Quay, Andrew Monson, Greg Schneider
  • Maximising the Effectiveness of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards in the Outdoors Sector: Panel discussion on familiarisation programs & behavioural change | Facilitated by Lori Modde CEO of Outdoors NSW & ACT, Andrew Knight CEO of Outdoors Victoria & Dave Marsden Executive Director of OEG  and former Aust. AAS Technical Working Group Chair.