Out Doors Inc. (Out Doors) offers a range of recreational and active outdoor programs that cater to all ages (16+), fitness & experience levels, from beginners to advanced for better mental health.

A diverse range of programs is on offer from gentle introductory activities and recreational experiences to challenging adventures. Our programs focus on an individual’s ability and a strong emphasis is placed on choice, providing participants with the opportunity to challenge themselves at a level with which they feel comfortable. Programs assist participants to regain confidence and reconnect with their communities. Participants are supported to build positive social connections and access nature-based activities for better mental health.

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1. What Happens on Programs?

2. How do I Register with Out Doors?

3. Eligibility (NDIS, non-NDIS and Seniors)

4. Program Costs

5. Carer Respite

What Happens on Programs?

Out Doors’ programs range from day trips, overnight trips, multi-day trips and weekends, focused on the specific needs of people at risk or living with a mental health issue

Our staff work collaboratively with participants to ensure the program meets the specific needs of the individuals and goals of the group, giving participants a sense of ownership over their programs. Activities include:

  • Bushwalking
  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Surfing
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Creative programs like bush art and drumming
  • and more

How do I Register with Out Doors?

1. Find out if you’re eligible.

Out Doors Inc. participants are eligible to attend our services under the following funding streams. Click here for full eligibility criteria.

    1. NDIS Participants (16-64)
    2. Non-NDIS Participants (16-64)
    3. Seniors (65+)

2. Make sure we’re the right fit for you.

Book in for a New Participant Information Session to make sure Out Doors is the right service for you. Please note, this is optional. If you are comfortable with the information on the website, you can proceed directly to an Intake Assessment.

3. Book an Intake Assessment.

Call or email us to book your in-person Intake Assessment at our office. Please complete the forms below and bring them to your appointment:

    1. Participant Information and Medical Form. Download here. (Please note Part 2 of this form needs to be signed by your GP/Psychiatrist/Psychologist.)
    2. Expression of Interest Form. Download here. (Have a look at our upcoming programs and let us know what you’re interested in attending.)
      PLUS, if you have an NDIS Plan, you’ll also need to:

    3. Generate a quote with our NDIS Fee Calculator. Click here. Bring a printed, signed copy to your Intake Assessment.
    4. Sign a Service Agreement with Out Doors based on the quote and goals within your NDIS Plan. This is completed at your Intake Assessment.

4. Accept your invitation.

If you’re suitable for our services and we’re suitable for you, you will be invited to your first program. This generally happens on the day of your Intake Assessment if you’ve provided all the required information. If there is any outstanding information, you’ll receive your invite once this has been provided.

5. Join us outdoors!

Go on your first Out Doors program. We can’t wait to have you there.

Note: All new or returning participants (who have not engaged with our services for more than 12 months) are required to participate in a 1-day activity followed by an overnight activity before progressing to multiple overnight programs.

To view our Participant Handbook, visit our ‘Policies and Statements‘ page.

Eligibility

NDIS Participants (16-64)

Out Doors is a registered NDIS Provider (#4050002688).

Participants who have an NDIS Plan are eligible to attend an Out Doors program.

If you (or your client) are on an NDIS plan, you can use our NDIS Fee Calculator to get a quote in a few easy steps by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of Out Doors Weekday NDIS Fee Schedule by clicking here, and the Weekend NDIS Fee Schedule by clicking here.

Non-NDIS Participants (16-64)

Participants who do not have an NDIS Plan can access Out Doors services under our Planned Respite funding. The eligibility criteria for this funding stream is the participant must:

  • be aged 16 – 64

  • have an informal carer

  • have a diagnosed mental health issue

  • live in the North or Eastern Metropolitan Regions of Melbourne

Seniors (65+)

Seniors who have an NDIS Plan are eligible to attend an Out Doors program.

Seniors who do not have an NDIS Plan can access Out Doors services under our Seniors Health Promotion funding stream. Eligible participants must:

  • be 65+

  • be at risk or living with a mental health issue

  • live in the North or Western Metropolitan Regions of Melbourne

Program Costs

Program costs are determined by which funding stream you are eligible for and which programs you’d like to take part in.

Carer Respite

Out Doors provides planned respite services to carers, giving them the opportunity to have a short break from their caring role.

The care recipient attends Out Doors programs and is supported to build positive social connections and access nature-based activities for better mental health.

During their time away with Out Doors, the carer can focus on their own health and wellbeing knowing the care recipient is engaging in activities that are challenging and fun and within a safe setting.