June 24 – How good is that? The importance of sound and ethical evaluations of our practice in therapeutic horticulture.


Watch this recording | (90 Mins).

Our 2021 National survey on therapeutic horticulture revealed over half of respondents do not conduct any formal evaluations of our practice in the field, either because it wasn’t seen as integral to their work, or they felt they lacked the skills to conduct sound evaluations.

However evaluations can play an important role in developing and deepening our practice, making a strong case for further or future funding and holding us true to a person-focused approach to our work.

In this webinar, Dr Kate Neale and Dr Theresa Scott will provide an understanding of the importance of evaluations, help identify the best types of evaluations based on program participants and provide an overview of methods for conducting ethical and methodologically sound evaluations.

Audience members will be encouraged to talk about their own experiences of documenting their practice and workshop ideas for building an evaluation framework to implement in their practice.

This webinar is free for THA members. JOIN NOW

$25 non-members

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Dr Kate Neale

Is a researcher, a TH program developer and an educator at Southern Cross University where she teaches Health Promotion, Therapeutic Horticulture and Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs. Her research interests in the field of TH centres around the individual, social and societal benefits of time spent gardening and in greenspaces. Her work typically focuses on the benefits of TH for vulnerable communities including children, people with disability and those living in care. Her work can be viewed at  digability.com.au.

Dr Theresa Scott

Is a researcher, senior Lecturer in Clinical Geropsychology and NHRMC Dementia Research Development Fellow at The University of Queensland. Her PhD research was one of the first to systematically explore the therapeutic benefits of gardens and greenspaces for older people living in the community and in aged care facilities in Australia. Her applied research is focused on co-design with lived experience experts and dignity of risk principles, to meet the needs and preferences of older people and people living with dementia and their care partners.

Event Details

Date: June 24, 2022

Start time: 14:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: Webinar

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