Safety, Risk & Incidents

Safety, Risk & Incidents Research

Research on safety, risk assessment and incident management.

Time to confront the bear!

Time to confront the bear!
Outdoor program safety; aligning what we now know with what we’re currently doing.

“Curriculum development, and our collective approach to facilitating learning in the outdoors has evolved significantly in the past few decades. However, in my opinion, the same cannot be said about how we manage risk. If we are honest, we’ll see that we are still teaching, promoting and defending positions relating to predicting and managing risk that were developed and advocated several decades ago. We still largely and wholeheartedly, hold onto the perspective that a well-trained individual, the instructor, is the determining factor in the safety outcomes of a program or activity …


Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System

A theory driven approach to injury surveillance and prevention
The aim of this project is to develop a novel injury and accident surveillance system, underpinned by the systems approach to accident causation and analysis, for the led outdoor activity industry in Australia. This involves translation of the latest thinking on accident causation in the led outdoor activity industry.

Understanding Accidents in the Great Outdoors

Understanding Accidents in the Great Outdoors
Led outdoor activities are an integral part of young Australians’ development, health and physical education. Despite their popularity, recent high-profile accidents, such as the drowning of a 12-year-old student during a college camp, pose a serious threat to the industry. Injury-causing accidents will continue to occur during led outdoor activities


Communicating Risk To Parents

Communicating Risk To Parents
Examines the importance of effectively communicating both the risks and benefits associated with outdoor education programs to parents, in order for them to provide informed consent for their child to participate

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