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Operational Update

10/02/14 (10:57)

Due to recent weather conditions in the Southern and South Eastern parts of Australia, Outward Bound Australia programs have been temporarily reconfigured.  Current conditions are being closely monitored and we are in close contact with all relevant organisations to ensure the ongoing operation of our programs while maintaining our standard operating procedures.

 

Updates to operational parameters and what this might mean for upcoming programs will be via our website http://outwardbound.org.au/about-us/news.html and twitterhttps://twitter.com/OutwardBoundAU . Should you wish to keep updated online please feel free to follow https://twitter.com/OutwardBoundAU

 

Our partner schools and organisations have specific details regarding upcoming programs regionally. If you are due to participate in an Outward Bound Australia course in the next four / six weeks please make contact with your relevant school / organisation in the first instance.  Our operations department will be liaising directly with these schools / organisations to provide current information pertaining to these programs.  Your school / organisation will be able to answer specific questions regarding specific upcoming programs

 

- Admin

 

Heatwave Response Procedure

Outward Bound Australia - Heatwave Response Procedure.

 

Heatwave Update

January 17, 2014 at 1350 (1:50pm)

 

QLD

NAVIGATOR: Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures. Regular course activities will proceed today with close monitoring of the temperature and fire danger conditions.

 

VIC

SUMMIT TO SEA: Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures for our Summit to Sea course. Regular course activities will proceed today with close monitoring of the temperature and fire danger conditions.

All practicable steps will be taken to attempt to remove groups from the field to safer areas should the need arise due to rapidly changing conditions. Our safety team will be monitoring the situation(s) and will respond accordingly.

Navigator: Course completed. Participants are no longer on course with Outward Bound.

 

CFA: Outward Bound Australia and CFA Victoria have taken the precautionary measure to transport all participants currently attending an Outward Bound CFA course to a secure area in Buchan, Vic. This extraction is currently underway by Outward Bound Australia Staff. Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures.

 

ACT

NAVIGATOR: Course completed. Participants are no longer on course with Outward Bound.

 

FAMILY : Course completed. Participants are no longer on course with Outward Bound.

 

 

Please follow https://twitter.com/OutwardBoundAU for any emergency updates should they be necessary.

 

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to contact Outward Bound Australia’s National Base on (02) 6235 5700.

 

Useful Links

 

www.esa.act.gov.au ACT Emergency Services Agency

www.rfs.nsw.gov.au NSW Rural Fire Service

www.cfa.vic.gov.au VIC Country Fire Authority

 

www.bom.gov.au Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave BoM Pilot Heatwave Forecast

 

www.outwardbound.org.au Outward Bound Australia

 

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Heatwave Update

 

January 16, 2014 at 9:47AM

 

QLD

 

NAVIGATOR:Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures. Regular course activities will proceed today with close monitoring of the temperature and fire danger conditions.

 

All practicable steps will be taken to attempt to remove groups from the field to safer areas should the need arise due to rapidly changing conditions. Our safety team will be monitoring the situation(s) and will respond accordingly.

 

VIC

 

NAVIGATOR:Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures. Regular course activities will proceed today with close monitoring of the temperature and fire danger conditions.

 

All practicable steps will be taken to attempt to remove groups from the field to safer areas should the need arise due to rapidly changing conditions. Our safety team will be monitoring the situation(s) and will respond accordingly.

 

CFA:Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures. Regular course activities will proceed today with close monitoring of the temperature and fire danger conditions.

 

All practicable steps will be taken to attempt to remove groups from the field to safer areas should the need arise due to rapidly changing conditions. Our safety team will be monitoring the situation(s) and will respond accordingly.

 

 

ACT

 

NAVIGATOR: Due to worsening conditions, Outward Bound Australia has taken the precautionary measure to transort all participants currently attending an Outward Bound Navigator course in the ACT back to National Base in Tharwa.

 

The remainder of the course will be conducted on-base until the fire risk reduces significantly.

 

FAMILY :Due to worsening conditions, Outward Bound Australia has taken the precautionary measure to transort all participants currently attending an Outward Bound Family course in the ACT back to National Base in Tharwa.

 

The remainder of the course will be conducted on-base until the fire risk reduces significantly.

 

NSW

 

SUMMIT TO SEA :Current conditions are still within standard operating procedures for our Summit to Sea course. Regular course activities will proceed today with close monitoring of the temperature and fire danger conditions.

 

All practicable steps will be taken to attempt to remove groups from the field to safer areas should the need arise due to rapidly changing conditions. Our safety team will be monitoring the situation(s) and will respond accordingly.

 

 

 

Links

Please follow https://twitter.com/OutwardBoundAU for any emergency updates should they be necessary.

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to contact Outward Bound Australia’s National Base on (02) 6235 5700.

 

Useful Links

 

www.esa.act.gov.au ACT Emergency Services Agency

www.rfs.nsw.gov.au NSW Rural Fire Service

www.cfa.vic.gov.au VIC Country Fire Authority

 

www.bom.gov.au Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave BoM Pilot Heatwave Forecast

 

www.outwardbound.org.au Outward Bound Australia

 

 

 

15/01/14

 

Outward Bound Australia: Heatwave Conditions in South Eastern Australia

January 2014

 

 

South Eastern Australia is currently experiencing a period of prolonged hot weather and heightened fire danger indexes. The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting extreme heatwave conditions for the ACT, SE, NSW and VIC for Wednesday the 15th of Jan, severe heatwave conditions for Thursday the 16th, and heatwave conditions for Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th of January 2014.

 

Outward Bound Australia has a number of well-established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Risk Management practices in place to ensure the safety of participants and staff in the field under adverse conditions.

 

Outward Bound Australia is in close communication with National Parks and Fire Management authorities in the ACT, NSW and VIC and are working closely with them during these extended heatwave conditions.

 

Outward Bound Australia will continue field operations while we are within our standard operating procedures. Fire danger indexes and weather conditions are being monitored continually by support teams in the local areas and operational management teams at our National Base in ACT.

 

All practicable steps will be taken to attempt to remove groups from the field to safer areas should the need arise due to rapidly changing conditions. Our safety team will be monitoring the situation(s) and will respond accordingly.

 

Please follow https://twitter.com/OutwardBoundAU for any emergency updates should they be necessary.

 

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to contact Outward Bound Australia’s National Base on (02) 6235 5700.

 

Useful Links

 

www.esa.act.gov.au ACT Emergency Services Agency

www.rfs.nsw.gov.au NSW Rural Fire Service

www.cfa.vic.gov.au VIC Country Fire Authority

 

www.bom.gov.au Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave BoM Pilot Heatwave Forecast

 

www.outwardbound.org.au Outward Bound Australia

   

The 2013 Australian Outward Bound Development Fund Christmas Appeal

It is hard to believe 2013 is coming to an end. It has been a very exciting year for Outward Bound, in particular the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund. This year we saw a number of new community organisations partnering with Outward Bound as we continue to grow our program offerings for marginalised and disadvantaged young people around the country. In the 2012/13 financial year, nearly 20% of program revenue was attributed to community programs around the country. This is a great result and a real focus for the organisation.

Our ability to support so many programs is only made possible with the support from funders and community partners. One of the reasons for this growth is our involvement in The Trust Company’s engaged philanthropy model, facilitated by the Melbourne Business School. “The Trust Company’s Engaged Philanthropy model has been incredibly important for Outward Bound Australia. It has opened our eyes to the importance of understanding what we do, why we do it, the initial outputs/impact we are having with our programs and hypothesising over our desired /expected medium to long term outcomes, which inevitable leads to our social impact. This language and conversation in itself is a new way of thinking and has resulted in Outward Bound becoming more strategic and focussed in our approach to philanthropy and program offerings. Further, the Engaged Philanthropy model has exposed Outward Bound to many new organisations that are doing wonderful work, some of whom we are now working with. These partnerships have enabled Outward Bound to increase its footprint in terms of providing opportunities to disadvantaged young people and contributes to the success of our overarching programs.” Consequently, we have engaged with Social Ventures Australia and are close to finalising our program logic and measurement and evaluation framework. Such an exercise will enable us to evaluate our community programs, map against our program logic and start to understand our contribution to social impact.

Looking ahead to 2014, we look forward to working with more and more community organisations and developing a funding model to support these initiatives. Each dollar donated to the Development Fund goes a long way to helping young people realise their potential and become more engaged members of society as well-rounded, resilient, responsible, adaptable and compassionate people. Donations to the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund can be made here.

   

Outward Bound supporter raises funds by doing it tough

When I was growing up I could have very easily become a delinquent. One my lowest points occurred in primary school, I was a bully. I didn’t have a very peaceful home life when I was growing up. My stepdad caused a lot of grief. I had the great benefit of having great friends who I spent most of my time with outside of school. Fortunately or unfortunately my friends were the ones who seemed to get hurt the most. I would always take mucking around too far. My behaviour got to the point where my friend’s parents would not want me to hang around with their kids anymore. At this point I realised I needed to change. I didn’t know why I did what I did, it just seemed to happen and before you knew it I went too far.

When I entered high school, my behavior was diverted from being less physical to being more of a class clown. I had a lot of fun at the expense of others. After countless lunch time and Saturday detentions, suspension and meetings with the principal, I had a new focus - learning to think before I spoke and considering other people. Could I still be funny and have a good time without making it at the expense of others? I didn’t know how, it seemed impossible at the time. But it was my only choice other then risking getting expelled.

photo4 This is where youth leadership programs came into play. I found a program at school, REMAR, which I mistakenly joined because they used ship analogies and I thought the 3 day camp was on an old wooden pirate ship. Turns out it was in the backwoods of Yackandandah with not a great deal to do. Despite this, it was one of the best camps I have ever been on. I had so much fun and really got to learn about myself and other people that I thought I knew but as it turns out, I'm not the only one with a less than perfect life. The skills I learned and ways of looking at the world really opened my eyes. I decide I wanted to continue this journey.

The program taught me to reflect on my behaviour, consider and express my beliefs and those of people around me. Community service was a big part of the requirements to stay in the program. I thought community service was a complete waste of time. The idea of a 'warm fuzzy feeling' you get from helping others just seemed so ridiculous. It was a way to get people to work for free as far as I was concerned. I subsequently discovered that there is a great joy that you can get from helping others. There are many facets of the program which provided me guidance and skills which helped me keep striving to become a better man and leader.

Many things have happened since this simple beginning. Many I'm proud of and a few I'm not so proud of. In appreciation for the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping young people recognise their potential and in recognition of what these programs have done for me, I am raising funds to give this opportunity to other kids who otherwise might not be as fortunate as I have been, so they too can benefit from a youth leadership program.

What am I doing? Have you heard of the Tough Mudder course?
"Tough Mudder events are hardcore 18-20 km obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie..." consisting of up to 25 military style obstacles ranging from climbing a series of 3m walls to running through a corridor of live wires carrying 10,000 volts. Not to mention the other 23 various and demanding obstacles in-between.

Doesn't sound so tough?
Well I'm not doing it once, I'm not even doing it twice. I am proposing to attempt to run the course 3 times in one day, pushing the boundaries of my self imposed limitation. This will require every last bit of my willpower, mental grit and physical stamina to endure.

 

   

The sky’s the limit for patients with potential

potential unlimited group1

After suffering devastating traumas that turned their lives upside down, eight current clients of Westmead’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service have taken on a challenging self-development course with Outward Bound Australia to prove to themselves that life doesn’t end with a brain injury and they’re capable of much more than they may imagine.

A fear of heights was the least of their worries as the eight men, aged between 19 and 60 and who have all suffered a traumatic brain injury, ventured out on elements of the biggest ropes course in the Southern Hemisphere at Outward Bound’s National Base in Tharwa, ACT.

The Potential Unlimited program, a joint initiative between NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services and Outward Bound Australia, offers selected brain injured participants the dignity of risk in professionally supervised safety.

potential unlimited group2“Like all our courses, the program is designed to challenge participants physically, emotionally and psychologically, to step outside their comfort zone and, for this group, rediscover their true potential, at the same time encouraging them to come to terms with the reality of the injury that changed their lives so dramatically”, said Lloyd Worthy, Outward Bound’s Potential Unlimited organiser.

Westmead’s Margaret Doyle, one of two Case Workers who accompanied the group agrees.  “Often the most difficult part of recovery for people with an acquired brain injury is not just dealing with the medically identifiable consequences, but accepting the new hand they’ve been dealt.”

“Over 500,000 Australians live with an acquired brain injury and the outcomes are not always clearly discernible,” said Ms Doyle, “This is Westmead’s second visit to Outward Bound. We love the way it renews individual confidence and belief by pushing through often unrecognised barriers and setting new goals.”

The participants spent seven days on their adventure in the Namadji National Park near Canberra where their challenges included abseiling, rock-climbing and caving.

As well as the physical challenges, the course pushed participants emotionally and mentally. Participant Daniel Ferguson said his highlight was being placed outside his comfort zone to learn what his limits are.

“In many ways, I think the social side of camping with seven other people who have brain injuries helped me gain a new perspective on self-worth,” said Daniel.

potential unlimited3Brandon Tsingolis, 19, said the course also helped him gain a new perspective.

“I think it has made me see that when you believe you are strong and you push yourself, you can really do anything,” said Brandon.

“Potential Unlimited has given me an opportunity to see that if I ever think I can’t do something, to always just think positive and I will be able to do it.”

Barry Hindle, 54, said the experience of helping other people with similar and worse injuries was empowering.

“It was challenging physically and mentally, but the course taught me to keep focussed on my goals,” said Barry.

“People from all walks of life should have a go at this course to open their minds, be challenged and gain a true feeling of fulfilment. It’s unbelievable!”

The Outward Bound course is part of a three-stage Potential Unlimited program, providing the essential catalyst to outcomes that involve future goal-setting and personal achievement, as the principles of their challenging experience are converted, through structured therapy, to ‘living with the reality of a brain injury’.

The program also aims to raise awareness of acquired brain injury, often referred to as the ‘hidden disability’, and the everyday challenges people face and has been made possible thanks to fundraising efforts by former ACT Brumbies and international rugby coach Andy Friend and his wife Kerri Rawlings.

Kerri acquired a brain injury in an accident while mountain biking in 2010, and the Friendly Ride Charity Event involved Andy riding 5000km from Cooktown to Canberra to raise awareness and money for acquired brain injury, with Kerri as his backup the entire way, a mere 12 months after her life-threatening injury!

   

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