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Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance 
Untitled Document The Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA) is an Australian group looking at documenting the health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor programs for youth. Founded in 2009, OYPRA was established with the aim of providing quality evidence of the extent to which outdoor, camping and nature-based programs are associated with reliable improvements in resilience, learning and wellbeing among young people.

The Alliance is hosted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. The team includes representatives from the health research sector, outdoor industry, government bodies, and non-profit community organisations.

In 2011, OYPRA commenced an online survey of Australian providers of outdoor programs, in which staff who worked on existing programs were asked to reflect on their current practice. The study set out to establish, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of the scope and diversity of outdoor youth programs on offer in Australia.


First Report of National Research Collaboration now available
Information we gathered from the national survey has been compiled into a summary report: OYPRA National Survey of Australian Outdoor Youth Programs. This report is the first from the Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance and details key findings from our 2011 national survey of Australian providers of camps and outdoor programs for young people.


Thankyou to all those who took part in our National Survey of Australian providers of outdoor youth programs - the survey has now closed.

If you would like to find out what we learnt from the survey, take a look at our report.