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?

If you’re ready to apply, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click “Register” below to download an Intake Form (note: the medical form included must be also be completed by a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist).

Step 2: Once the completed form has been received, you’ll be invited to the next information session (held every 6 – 8 weeks and runs for approximately one hour).

Step 3: Following the information session, our Intake and Community Liaison Coordinator (ICLC) will arrange a time to meet you for a one on one intake assessment meeting (the purpose of this meeting is to discuss your goals and determine if Out Doors is able to support and provide activities of interest that link to these).

Step 4: If you’ve been successful – choose your programs!

Note: all new participants regardless of their funding agreement must attend a day program and an overnight program before being able to attend multi-overnight activities.

Interested in Registering with Out Doors?
Click below to get started!

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.

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.