Safety, Risk & Incidents

Safety, Risk & Incident 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
Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS) is a sector-wide incident reporting system that was first deployed in organisations across Australia in 2014. It was developed to address the lack of good quality data on injuries and incidents during led outdoor (LOA) activities. UPLOADS uses a System’s Thinking approach and provides a standardised, national approach to incident report and learning for the LOA Sector.

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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