The goal of the UPLOADS research project is to develop a standardised, national approach to incident reporting and learning for the outdoor sector in Australia, and a corresponding national incident dataset.
UPLOADS is primarily aimed at organisations that facilitate supervised or ‘led’ outdoor activities. This includes a diverse range of organisations operating under the banners of outdoor education, school camps, adventure tourism, outdoor recreation and outdoor therapy.
The information produced by UPLOADS will support organisations and the sector in future injury prevention activities, with the potential long term benefit being a reduction in injuries and a safer outdoor recreation sector for all.
The UPLOADS project consists of a number of studies that contribute towards the development of a reliable and valid incident reporting and learning system. All studies within the project are underpinned by a systems theory approach to accident analysis.
The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Monash University, Federation University Australia and Edith Cowan University, and Australian outdoor education and recreation associations, providers and government departments.