THER­A­PEU­TIC HORTICULTURALIST

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These work­ers help their clients “get out into the gar­den” and har­ness the phys­i­cal and emo­tional ben­e­fits of work­ing with na­ture. The role is rel­a­tively new in Aus­tralia, al­though wide­spread over­seas, and can help peo­ple keep gar­den­ing when their phys­i­cal abil­ity may limit them.

Aged care ser­vice provider ECH chief ex­ec­u­tive David Pan­ter says it so far has em­ployed one ther­a­peu­tic horticulturalist to work with its clients but plans to hire more to meet de­mand.

“We have a lot of peo­ple who come to our tra­di­tional ex­er­cise classes . . . to build up their stamina and fit­ness to carry out gar­den­ing,” Pan­ter says. “But why not do that ex­er­cise in a gar­den­ing en­vi­ron­ment?

“A hor­ti­cul­tural ther­apy po­si­tion is about util­is­ing all these as­pects of what we call gar­den­ing on a ther­a­peu­tic ba­sis, such as how to con­struct a gar­den to ap­peal to all the senses.”

A hor­ti­cul­ture or land­scap­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, such as a Cer­tifi­cate III or Diploma of Hor­ti­cul­ture, is the min­i­mum re­quire­ment, with fur­ther study in hor­ti­cul­ture ther­apy pre­ferred.

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