Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA)
The Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (OYPRA) is an Australian group including the Outdoor Council of Australia and partners 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 Children’s 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.
OYPRA has developed a program of research to build Australian evidence of the benefits of outdoor and nature-based programs for young people. Ultimately they would like to identify effective ways of promoting resilience, learning and wellbeing among young people though outdoor programs. The planned research program comprises three distinct, but related, phases.
Phase One: National Audit of Outdoor Programs