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Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress

Posted in Events by lridley on March 2nd, 2010


Image: Introducing Healthy Parks Healthy People Part 1

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress is a world-first event coordinated by Parks Victoria to explore how nature significantly contributes to our wellbeing and broader societal benefits. It is expected to attract over 1000 delegates from Australia and over 28 countries represented from around the world.  Participants will come from many different sectors including urban planning, community development, physical and mental health, tourism, education, recreation, ecology and park management (urban and protected area) industrial and technological.  This diversity of perspectives will allow delegates to understand the benefits of nature through the eyes of many.

Over the course of the Congress delegates will engage in a memorable way with different models of engagement including; inspirational speakers in plenary sessions, field tours to key locations across Melbourne, outdoor sessions and practical workshops and discussions.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Professor Tim Flannery (Aus) Environmental activist and author of ‘Weather Makers’.
  • Richard Louv (USA) author of ‘Saving our children from nature deficit disorder’,
  • Guillermo Penalosa (Canada) Executive Director Walk and Bike for Life Canada
  • Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Uganda) CEO Conservation Through Public Health

and many more…………….

Why attend the Congress?

  • If you work in physical or mental health, planning, tourism, community development, education, conservation, climate change, government, policy development or park management you can’t afford not to be a part of this innovative event.
  • Learn more about emerging research demonstrating the integral ties between nature and human health and well being.
  • Gain practical insight from evidence based case studies.
  • Be inspired by innovative and non-pharmaceutical tactics to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.
  • Gain a truly international perspective, with presenters from 27 countries.
  • Gather intelligence and build networks within and across your sector.
  • Participate in setting the agenda for this important movement.
Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne Victoria
11 – 16 April 2010

For more information, a full program and registration details please visit the website.

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