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Community Garden and Wellbeing Spaces

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This project will establish Community Gardens and Wellbeing spaces across major Metro South Hospitals to enhance the natural landscape and engage both patients and staff with nature.

The active use of gardens or Horticultural Therapy is a process in which plants and gardening activities are used to improve the body, mind and spirit of people for all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities.

Horticultural Therapy allows patients to witness the cycles and rhythms of nature and allows them a connection to seasonal changes and the external environment.

This project helps improve the social, physical, cognitive and pyschological rehabiliation of our patients by:

- reducing stress and anxiety

- increased sense of wellbeing and improved mood

- enhance cognitive function and stimulate concentration / memory

- promotes general health

- release from hospital environment

- social platform for community engagement

This project will also deliver a sanctuary for hospital staff to strengthen our hospital community and improve overall staff satisication. A study published in the American Journal of Critical Cares showed that providing staff with 20 minutes a day access to nature during their breaks, presented a very real means to address workplace stress and fatigue. #spend20

This project is aligned with the Workforce Services Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2020.

The Community Garden Project is part of our commitment to supporting our staff and providing the best possible health care experience for our patients.

Aims & Goals: 

Design, Implement and integrate Community Gardens that align with horitcultural therapy principles, into existing hospital landscapes with consumer feedback and hospital staff collaboration.

Evaluation/outcomes: 

Strengthen Hospital Community

Staff Wellbeing

Patient centred care landscapes

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Workforce Services - Wellbeing Strategy
Last updated 19 November 2019