Connecting with nature has been regarded as essential for our health and wellbeing since ancient times but often we’ve forgotten how and why. Join our esteemed presenters as they unpack our need to reconnect and introduce you to the world of Therapeutic Horticulture.
This webinar will cover:
– What is Therapeutic Horticulture?
– Applying the underlying principles
– Dignity of risk
– Asset Based approaches
Steven Wells has successfully combined his nursing and horticulture careers to be working as an acquired brain injury rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist, a horticultural therapist and the Gardens and Grounds Program Project Officer at Austin Health in Melbourne. Steven has developed the horticultural therapy program and sensory gardens at Austin Health’s Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and has developed additional gardens throughout Austin Health’s three campuses.
Steven is a passionate advocate for therapeutic horticulture and gardens within healthcare settings and the benefits that they have for patients, their families and staff. Steven was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2015 to research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens in healthcare settings. He has been a guest presenter on ABC Gardening Australia, sharing stories on therapeutic horticulture.
Pauline is a social researcher with the Centre for Rural Health, at the University of Tasmania. Her research explores how being in nature improves our quality of life and she is particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of gardens and the outdoors for people with cognitive, emotional and physical health challenges.
She utilises methods of participatory action research, story-gathering and filmmaking and publishes in a range of academic journals. One of her greatest achievements is the co-founding of DIGnity Supported Community Gardening. She is a gardener and mother of two spectacular grown-ups, as well as a beekeeper, cycle tourer and proud President of the Dodges Ferry Film Society.