Call for Abstract Submissions


Monday 21 August 2017

Abstract Submissions should include:

Title and precis of the abstract (100 words)

Nomination of format – oral presentation (15 minutes including Q&A), workshop (1 hour)

Abstract describing the subject of the presentation (350 words)

Biography (350 words) with a headshot photograph of the author (jpeg)


This year, the 9th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference will continue to explore “Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts”as the overarching theme, with three specific areas of focus:

1. Mental Health and Creativity
2. Health and the Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion
3. Creative Ageing



Health and the Arts – presentations will inform healthcare administrators and health professionals about designing and managing a best practice arts and health program in primary and acute care, community health and health promotion

Creative Ageing – presentations will demonstrate the utilisation of arts and health programs in retirement villages, services for older people in the community and aged care facilities

Arts and Health Programs in Museums and Galleries – presentations will illustrate the expanding opportunity for Access and Public Programs in museums and galleries, in association with visual, digital, literary and performing artists.

Professional Training for Artists in Healthcare and in Agedcare– across all artforms.

Arts and Health Evaluation and Research – presentations will describe how to Measure the Benefits and Outcomes of Arts and Health Programs

Conference program details, including keynote speakers, will be progressively released on this website and via our newsletter. 

For more details, contact or subscribe to the Arts and Health newsletter on the website.

General conference sessions will encompass:

a.   Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care, including Environmental Design
b.   Creative Ageing and Aged Care
c.   Community Arts and Health – urban, rural, regional
d.   Health Promotion and the Arts
e.   Education and Training for Health and Arts Professionals
f.   Arts and Health Research and Evaluation

General Abstract Themes
Mental Health and the Arts
Creative Ageing
Architecture and Design in Health Settings
Arts and Health in Rural and Regional Communities
Medical Humanities for Health Professionals
International Arts and Health Perspectives Collaborations and Research 

Who should attend?
Medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals
Government decision-makers and policy advisers in health, indigenous affairs, arts, science, education and training, community health, veterans’ affairs, cultural tourism and local government
Executives in public and private hospitals, retirement villages, aged care and palliative care facilities
Representatives of arts organisations, visual and performing artists, writers, arts and health practitioners
Representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
Local Government representatives from community cultural development, aged care and community health services
Education authorities, academics, teachers and medical and healthcare colleges
Researchers, particularly in the area of health and social sciences
Art and museum educators and curators
Art therapists (visual arts, dance, music, drama, expressive writing)