10th Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference

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Arts & Health Conference takes perinatal psychosis research off the page and onto the stage

In Conversation with … Diana Jefferies PhD Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney By Alison Houston Dr Diana Jefferies still finds it surreal that what she admits could once have been a dry academic research paper has taken on a life and personality of its own. It […]

Forget the 3Rs, young people need the 4Cs

In Conversation with … Jim Rimmer VicHealth Mental Wellbeing and Arts senior project officer As today’s younger generation grapples with an era of unprecedented change, we need to rethink our preoccupation with school subjects as vocationally linked and turn our attention towards “the 4Cs of 21st century learning – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity”. […]

Arts crosses divides to tap into our essence

Cover image: Michelle with Good Times program participant In Conversation with … Michelle Weiner Creative Ageing Consultant One of the many powers of the arts is its ability to cross age, health, socio-economic and ethnic divides and “tap into your very essence”. The arts is “a central point to make connections and draw out what makes […]

Animation the way to people’s minds and hearts

In Conversation with … Emma Lazenby Director ForMed Films – a not-for-profit Community Interest Company Animated films allow people to tell authentic and personal stories about difficult subjects, using their own voice but retaining anonymity. Because they are visual, they are also an accessible way for people of all ages (especially those with low literacy […]

Arts on prescription: the logical step for health and wellbeing

In Conversation with … Chris and Ros Poulos Physicians, academics and proponents of Arts on Prescription WITH the groundswell of empirical evidence regarding the arts’ positive impact on both physical and mental wellbeing, particularly in older age, why shouldn’t it be as readily available to the public as any medication? Sydney’s Chris and Roslyn Poulos […]

Music video’s benefits go far beyond its health message

In Conversation with … Leanne Sanders Aboriginal Immunisation Health Worker for Murrumbidgee and Southern NSW Local Health Districts “I’m everything I am because one person believed in me.” That’s Leanne Sanders’ dedication to her mentor, the late Athol Boney, who helped a teen mum, with a Year 9 education and a history of domestic violence, […]

Community arts helps us each ‘write our world’

In Conversation with … François Matarasso Artist, producer, researcher, writer and trainer Community arts’ empowerment comes from encouraging people to use art to explore who they are and their relationship with the world in ways that can be shared with others. “It allows us to write the world,” said François Matarasso, who will present twice […]

Sharing humanity through reminiscence theatre

In Conversation with … David Savill Artistic director of Age Exchange Image: David Savill Age Exchange On the River   “Reminiscence theatre, at heart, is about shared humanity.” That’s what drives David Savill, artistic director of Age Exchange, the leading UK charity specialising in reminiscence practice which aims to change perceptions of “how we see […]