Researching Nature-Wellness Solutions

A Living Lab Nature-Wellness Research Program was established with Macquarie University in early 2020 to further understand how to supercharge the mental, physical and social benefits of connecting with nature.

The once in a century COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of outdoor environments to human health and ecological health. Despite increasing recognition, the synergetic relationship between human-ecological health is still to fully translate into programs, policy and planning. Such strategies present new and exciting opportunities to re-think and re-purpose the role and value of green spaces as a preventative healthcare service.

The collaboration between The Connective and Macquarie University is undertaking a range of research activities that look to amplify the health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor green spaces, including:

  • conducting a national survey to better understand how Australians use and value their outdoor places
  • exploring the role and application of medical green scripts within an Australian setting and
  • developing and testing established programs and landscape design strategies that look to actively amplify health outcomes (e.g. The Connective’s Go Slow Trails)

The findings of the Living Lab can be applied to all types of green spaces, from pocket parks through to national parks, hospitals, workplaces and places of learning. The living lab shows that our solutions work, are cost effective and scalable.

Watch our short video to learn more about how students are reacting to our Go Slow for a Mo’ trails! 

Our Go Slow for a Mo’ Trails includes a series of self-guided sensory outdoor exercises that can be access via Google Maps, installed QR Codes or signage.

“I personally came away with an increased appreciation of the incredible power that nature can have on my wellbeing – lowering my stress levels, increasing relaxation. It had a profound effect on me and I would encourage anyone to just try it.”

Medical Student Participant

To learn more about our Go Slow for a Mo’ Trails or Living Lab research, please CONNECT.