Program and Presenters

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2018

International speakers arrive in Port Macquarie.

Monday 12 November 2018

Presenters and delegates commence arriving in Port Macquarie.

2pm-4pm: International Networks for Arts and Health – pre-conference event (please email info@artsandhealth.org.au if you are interested in attending)

5pm-7pm: Welcome Reception (separate ticketed event on Eventbrite $35 + GST & booking fee)

Special Guest: Leslie Williams, NSW Member of Parliament, Port Macquarie and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health. Founder of Dementia Friendly Communities Program for the NSW Government.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

(included in full 3 day registration ($995 + GST) or single day registration ($575 + GST)

8.30am-5.30pm: Conference Sessions, Sails Hotel, Port Macquarie.

7.30pm-9pm:  (schedule to be confirmed)

Wednesday 14 November 2018

(included in full 3 day registration ($995 + GST) or single day registration ($575 + GST)

8.30am-5.30 pm: Conference Sessions, Sails Hotel

6.30pm-9.30pm: 10th Anniversary Conference Dinner, Sails Hotel
Guest Speaker: Archie Roach AM, Award winning singer/songwriter (Separate ticketed event on Eventbrite $95 + GST & booking fee)

Thursday 15 November 2018

(included in full 3 day registration ($995 + GST) or single day registration ($575 + GST)

8.30am-5pm: Conference Sessions, Sails Hotel

5pm-7.30pm: Conference Celebration and Farewell Drinks by the Hastings River (separate ticketed event on Eventbrite $18 + GST & booking fee)

2018 Conference Speakers (please check for regular updates)

KEYNOTES INCLUDE;

Professor, The Hon Dame Marie Bashir, AD, CVO, Patron of the Australian Centre for Arts and Health and a staunch advocate of arts, health and creative ageing.

Gary GlaznerFounding Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York and “Poet in Residence” at the conference. Poetry programs in aged care homes, dementia care in community health services and prisons (presented 2013 and 2015)

Dr Gary Christenson MD, Chief Medical Officer, Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Arts and Mental Programs for university students, staff and faculty. (presented 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)

Archie Roach AM, Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Advocate for Aboriginal rights – special guest at the 10th anniversary conference dinner, Wednesday 14 November.

Alice ThwaiteExecutive Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle Gateshead UK. International expert in creative ageing programs, artists in healthcare’ training and arts on prescription (presented 2011, 2013).

Dr Persephone Sextou, Newman University Birmingham – the impact of intimate theatre performance on children’s hospital and hospice experiences in the UK (sponsored by Griffith University, Queensland).

Anne Gallacher, Director, Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation and founding director of the Luminate creative ageing festival (established 2012).

Elaine Burke, Advisor, UK National Health Services’ Hospitals Arts Strategy; Hull UK City of Culture 2017; “Larkin with Toads” public art project (presented 2012).

Dominic CampbellProducer, Creative Ageing International and former artistic director, Bealtaine creative ageing festival, Ireland (presented 2013, 2015, 2016).

Professor Andrew Newman (presented 2014, 2015)

Dr Anna Goulding (presented 2014, 2015)

Mary Robson, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University, UK  (presented 2010)                            A close friend and colleague, Mary will present the 2018 Mike White Memorial Lecture 

 

There are over 80 presenters attending the conference. The final conference program will be released late September.

Here is a snapshot of conference presenters and topics.

ARTS IN HOSPITALS, HEALTHCARE SERVICES AND HEALTH PROMOTION

TRACEY CALLINAN & CHRISTINE MCMILLAN

Arts OutWest: An Innovator in Arts and Health – Since 2008, Arts OutWest (AOW) has been committed to running an Arts and Health program. We have worked in hospitals, aged care facilities, with community groups and community health. A highly instructional workshop to learn how to design, implement, manage and evaluate an arts program in healthcare.

MELISSA MEI YIN CHEUNG 

We Do Not Even Give Space to the Fear: Healthcare Professionals’ Reactions upon Viewing Patients’ Drawings of Their Asthma Experience – Art provides an insightful opportunity to gain awareness and sensitivity to the patient perspective in healthcare.

DR SHAUN HALOVIC 

How Naruto Helped Me Understand the Conversational Model: an Example of Graphic Medicine – Mental illness and the consequent treatment is complex, and the communication of that complexity among psychotherapeutic professionals can be difficult – even more so for the lay person. ‘Graphic medicine’ has recently been introduced into the medical literature and refers to the use of comics/graphic novels as a medium to facilitate the understanding of medical information.

ADELE LINGARD, PALLIATIVE CARE SPECIALIST, MID NORTH COAST 

Art Therapy in Palliative Care – I utilise my life skills and background in the visual arts to provide palliative care unit patients with customised arts programs. This presentation will be co-presented by Ann Bodill, CEO, Wauchope District Memorial Hospital, Port Macquarie-Hastings.

ROSE SAWKINS 

Reading ‘Ned Kelly’ on a London Hospital Stroke Ward – May was Stroke Awareness Month in the UK. Award-winning charity InterAct Stroke Support asked their professionally trained actors to record a favourite story, regularly performed in hospitals and stroke clubs.

DR ANNMAREE WILSON & JENNI FRANCIS

Head, Heart and Hands: Reconstructing Resilience in the Rural & Remote Health Workforce  – All health professionals in the remote context face unique occupational stress challenges.

BRIDGET WATERS, STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION, WA

Combining Creativity And Culture:An Insight into the Impact of the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Indigenous Artist in Residence Hospital Project – Starlight delivers programs to hospitalised children and adolescents, using art and creativity as a cornerstone in their approach to promoting wellbeing and resilience.

ELAINE BURKE, ARTS AND HEALTH SPECIALIST, 

Arts and Health: Making it Work – This workshop aims to answer the question – what can the arts in healthcare achieve, and how can health leaders and managers develop Arts and Health projects, programs and services that achieve their aims and are sustainable in the longer term?

ARTS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

DR GARY CHRISTENSON, BOYNTON HEALTH SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, USA 

A Multi-faceted and Creative Approach to Address Student Mental Health on a University Campus – The number of college students diagnosed with mental disorders has been steadily on the rise.

Make Time to PAWS: an Approach to College Mental Health Using the Arts and Animal-assisted Interactions – Make Time to PAWS is an annual event at the University of Minnesota and leverages the popularity of the Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) program to draw in students.

A Low-cost Visual Arts Program in a College Health Service – Boynton Health, the multi-disciplinary student health service at the University of Minnesota, has had an extensive visual arts program since 2004

ANDREA FARLEY & KERRILEE KIMBER – art

Mindfulness + Art Therapy = Colourful Calm – Combining Mindfulness Meditation and MeCards, Health professionals Andrea Farley and Kerrilee Kimber developed an innovative approach to reducing stress and anxiety in schools.

  • NICOLE JACKSON – art/photo

Picture Power: Participatory Photography Workshop –This workshop deals with supporting the social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of students in Australian schools through the Moran Arts Foundation photography workshop program.

JENNIFER JAMIESON – art therapy in schools

Arts Therapy: What Is It? – An explanation of Arts Therapy, its advantages, where it’s found, history, professional training standards for therapists and the evidence base.

DR ROBBIE LLOYD

Making Recovery Fun and Funky – Programs that engage and stimulate, inspire and remotivate are at the heart of the Port Macquarie Community College program, including The Recovery College project.

ADAM LO, POSITIVE MINDSET CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL, QLD

Participatory Co-design and Art Engagement with Young People to Promote Mental Health and Reduce the Stigma of Mental Illness – This presentation describes the participatory co-design and art engagement methods used by the Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival.

DR MOLLY MULLEN, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NZ 

PETER O’CONNOR, CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND &

AMBER WALLS, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NZ

Te Ara Auaha – Towards Creativity: Arts and Youth Wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand – This University of Auckland research project is designed to generate better understanding of arts in and for youth health and wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

CREATIVE AGEING

ALICE THWAITE, EQUAL ARTS, UK 

Director, Equal Arts, Newcastle, UK – a world leader in creative ageing programs, skills training and arts on prescription models.

 

DOMINIC CAMPBELL, CREATIVE AGEING INTERNATIONAL  

Producer and Director, Creative Ageing International; formerly Artistic Director, Bealtaine Creative Ageing Festival in Ireland for 7 years.

 

MELINDA ALUSHAJ & MICK ELLIS – Community

Broadening the Horizon –A great barrier for older Australians to accessing/maintaining leisure pursuits and hobbies is transportation, especially for those in aged care.

VERITY BROOKES & DAVID RYAN – Community

The GeriActivists: a Future Vision in Virtual Reality – The GeriActivists is an iterative investigation in cultural futuring with Seniors from St Marys, in Sydney’s western suburbs, an area characterised by high socio-economic disadvantage. Can community arts and cultural development help Seniors feel less anxious about financial, cultural or environmental disruption?

ANNE GALLACHER – art + comm

The Luminate Story – Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, aims to ensure that older people across Scotland have access to high-quality arts and creative activities, whatever their circumstances and wherever they live.

DR ANNA GOULDING – art

Resilience and Ageing: Culture, Creativity and Community This presentation draws from a book to be published by Policy Press later this year which explores the relationship between creativity and resilience in later life.

AND

In What Ways Can an Age-friendly Approach to Co-production Transfer Power to Participants? Translating Ideology into Practice – This paper examines whether the use of an age-friendly approach to co-production can be managed to ensure a wide range of older people’s views are represented and cross-sector partnerships are successfully negotiated.

DR SARAH KLENBORT – writing

Writing Workshop: the Art of a Short Memoir – Writing is cathartic, creative and fun, but it is also an art. This workshop, for up to 25 participants, will look at the key aspects to writing an engaging short memoir piece.

FELICITY MANDILE – dance

Queensland Ballet Prioritising Creative Health – On Sundays, at Queensland Ballet, classes for active older adults are emphasising expression, creativity and participation.

 

 

CHRIS MEAD – all arts and community

Enabling Individuals Creative Choices for Agency and Self-care – This presentation addresses key project milestones in seeing the individual where they are at and applying inclusive participatory arts practices, in collaboration with health professionals, to improve the mental health and social fabric of our communities.

ALEXANDRA MORSE – music

The Meander Valley Festival of Creative Ageing: Connecting with Community, Changing Culture, Raising Expectations and Challenging the ‘Ageing Well’ Concept – This presentation will showcase how Creative Arts can be central in culture and care for aged care organisations as it is integral to the definition of excellence in social care and holistic wellbeing.

RACHEL O’LOUGHLIN – dance

A Celebration of Dance in Science, Across the Ages – Dance represents a window into health throughout the ages of life.

LISA SCHOUW – theatre

The Performance of Ageing: An Embodied Location for the Emergence of New Knowledge – This transdisciplinary presentation draws on my current research into the performance of ageing, ageism, and their prevailing narratives of decline.

ANNETTE TESORIERO – Theatre

Shoalhaven Elders Listen with the Ear of the Heart –Bundanon Trust’s Creative Ageing Project

  1. FAY WILKINSON – Writing and Comm

Telling Tales! Ways to Bridge into Stories with Isolated Seniors in Rural Ontario, Canada – This experiential workshop will explore expressive arts processes that bridge into stories which are then represented in a variety of art-making forms.

AND

Visible Voices: Building Community Resilience through Expressive Arts in Rural Canada – This presentation will highlight two programs designed for Health Services in rural Ontario, Canada: Art-Making for the Health of It!

DEMENTIA

GARY GLAZNER,  ALZHEIMER’S POETRY PROJECT, USA

Founding Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, New York, USA – working in community health and ageing services. Poet in Residence for the conference.

KIRSTY CARR 

Everyday Super Powers: Exploring Intuition in Ageing – What if quality of life could be improved, purely by harnessing the power of our natural abilities to create?

RYLEE DIONIGI, CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY, PORT MACQUARIE &

DEBBIE SOMMERS, PORT MACQUARIE MUSEUM &

LISA HORT, CREATIVE AGEING PRACTITIONER, PORT MACQUARIE 

Creative Ageing: Evaluating Dementia-friendly, Arts-based Programs in Port Macquarie, NSW Using an Authentic Partnership Approach – Through authentic partnerships between researchers, community members and people living with dementia, we aim to create a culture change in dementia-specific care contexts, by placing people living with dementia at the centre of their care.

AND

Authentic Partnerships in Healthcare: Facilitating Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking Workshop –  In this workshop, learn about a relationship model of care called ‘authentic partnerships’

MICHELLE HELDON, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, SYDNEY 

Art and Dementia: Neuroplasticity and Contemporary Art – Can a creative art program enhance wellbeing and markers of neuroplasticity in people living with dementia?

DR GAIL KENNING, UTS & DANIELLE GULLOTTA, ART GALLERY OF NSW, SYDNEY

Extending Arts Engagement and Reaching Out to Communities – Arts engagement has globally been shown to successful contribute to health and wellbeing. It is usually conducted in a gallery environment.

 

ARTS AND HEALTH AND MULTI-CULTURAL COMMUNITIES

KERRY BLAKE & ELSIE LEUNG – UNITING CARE, SYDNEY

Atrium ProjectAtrium Installation is an innovative artistic project supporting CALD beliefs and identity, with ongoing benefits; boosting residents’ creativity, encouraging engagement and increasing the focus on residents’ capacities.

MICHAEL CAMIT, MULTI-CULTURAL NSW HEALTH

Widows of Parramatta:Tapping into the Potential of Black Humour to Engage Arab Australians in Engaging with Organ and Tissue Donation

This presentation will start with a showing of Widows of Parramatta, a five-part six-minute docu-comedy series.

AND

Photovoice in the 21st Century – a Workshop and Exhibition of a Photovoice Project with Syrian Refugees to Navigate the Australian Health System

This is a one-hour workshop and exhibition of 17 selected A3 photos and captions from Syrian Refugees in Sydney.

AND

Photovoice – A Project with Indian Women Who Are Carers and/or Have Lived Experience of Mental Illness

Along with a backdrop of 15 selected Photovoice projects and captions, this workshop will outline information about the project and stories of individual empowerment, community development as well as collaborative work.

CHISENGA MAKOMO

Mental Health and Women Workshop: Promoting Social and Emotional Wellbeing Through Cultural and Creative Arts – My lived experience has inspired me to use ‘Headwraps and Hoodies’ to promote and raise awareness for mental health.

 

ARTS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

DR JULIE COLLINS & JUDY WATSON, UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

Our Shared History: the Role of Art and Ritual in Promoting Healing and Reconciliation – This paper describes the experiences of two women at the Myall Creek Memorial: indigenous artist Judy Watson and non-indigenous academic and theatre practitioner, Julie Collins.

JUDE CRABTREE & CAROL GASTON 

Creating Wellbeing, Creativity and Resilience through the Arts in a Remote Aboriginal Community in the APY Lands South Australia – This presentation demonstrates the power of art in promoting wellbeing, creativity and resilience in an indigenous community.

JACKIE JACKSON 

Wanggan Arts as Therapy Group – Wanggan Arts Therapy group provides a culturally appropriate women’s health service using a holistic health care approach, where Aboriginal women come together in a community setting with Aboriginal health workers to engage in an Arts as Therapy group setting.

 

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, ARTS, HEALTH & WELLBEING 

ADRIANE BOAG, NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA

Drawing into dark – Dusk can be a time of melancholy or great beauty. Invigorate yourself and observe the change from day to night by drawing the effects of light in the environment.

AND

Creating Environment – This presentation will explore the relationship between art, health and the environment. During the winter of 2018 the National Gallery of Australia developed a public programs initiative focused on ‘wellness’.

ELAINE BURKE 

It started with a Toad … – The story of how Hull’s Larkin with Toads project inspired Port Macquarie’s Hello Koalas.

PLUS

Arts and Health: Making it Work – This workshop aims to answer the question – what can the arts in healthcare achieve, and how can health leaders and managers develop Arts and Health projects, programs and services that achieve their aims and are sustainable in the longer term?

  • DR GARY CHRISTENSON – Art

Educating City Planners on Employing Public Art to Improve the Health of Their Community – City planners can improve community health and resident wellbeing through public art.

LOUISE FAULKNER – art and theatre

Art in the Trees: the Practical Application of Art in Delivering Successful Forest-based Visitor Experiences – This presentation will provide an overview of the use of visual, applied and performing arts in the creation of successful visitor destinations in NSW State Forests.

DAVID ROWLINSON

Why wood is good for health, wellbeing and productivity –The use of wood in the interior of a building has clear physiological and psychological benefits that mimic the effect of spending time outside in nature.

 

 

 

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