About the UPLOADS Research Project

The first stage of the Understanding and Preventing Led Outdoor Accidents Data System (UPLOADS) project saw the development of a standardised, national approach to incident reporting and learning for the outdoor sector in Australia. UPLOADS, which was a novel incident reporting system and national database for the Led Outdoor Activity (LOA) sector, enabled the collection and analysis of data on the causes of injury incidents. The system was used by almost 50 organisations, including schools, camps and outdoor recreation providers.

In recognition of the impact and importance of the first stage, the Australian Research Council and our valued partners approved a follow on project (titled From data to action: a new process for developing injury countermeasures) in 2015.

This second project utilises the rich data set collated during the initial project to support the development and testing of a new injury countermeasure development process and application (UPLOADS 2), which will reduce accidents and injuries through the development and implementation of more effective countermeasures. Further, the findings from the evaluation will fill the significant knowledge gap regarding the safety benefits associated with the use of incident reporting systems.

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 project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Edith Cowan University, and Australian outdoor education and recreation associations, providers and government departments.

Want to know more? Want to participate? 

We are now recruiting LOA organisations to use The UPLOADS App and participate in this important research project. You can find out more about the app here.

Do not want to use The UPLOADS App, but still want to participate? – No Problem!  Click here to find out how you can get involved.

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Click here to read about the systems approach and how we have adapted the theory for the outdoor activity domain.

Click here to read about some of the potential benefits for organisations and the sector.

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