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Jenny Ainsworth Jenny Ainsworth Creativity and Ageing Manager, Musica Viva, Sydney
NSW, Australia
www.musicaviva.com.au/education/musicforlife Music for Life Oral Presentation

Music for Life is a weekly singing workshop program for seniors, presented by Musica Viva, and designed to increase musical participation, enjoyment and knowledge and to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of the participants. Music for Life began in 2007 with a pilot program in Campbelltown, in Western Sydney. The desired well-being/health outcomes are: improved self-esteem and self-confidence; decreased loneliness and isolation; improved mental health; deepened sense of community through participation in workshops and final concert; and to encourage active ageing. The desired musical outcomes are for the participants to: build a common repertoire and sing together; improve vocal skills, including production, range, rhythm and confidence; develop performance skills; and to have increased access to music from non-Anglo-Saxon origins.

Music for Life Workshop Co-presenter: Colleen Rees
Workshop

This workshop session will engage delegates in participating in a sample Music for Life workshop. Vocal teachers and choral leaders are invited to share their techniques and favourite warm-ups with the group. Everyone is invited to come and join in the fun and see how easy it is to sing!

Pamela Aldridge Pamela Aldridge Dementia Educator Early Intervention, Alzheimer's Australia SA, Glenside
South Australia, Australia
Poetry and Prose - Poetica Reflections Oral presentation
www.alzheimers.org.au

Poetry is as old as time itself, but a relatively new development in the expressive arts. Facilitating a poetry group with people with dementia reconnects them to childhood memories expressed through rhyme, and repetition. Ideas flow and stories are built upon a collective or individual narrative. Such a group provides a safe place for people to express themselves thereby creating a sense of achievement, and enjoyment.

Natalie Anderson Natalie Anderson Arts Co-ordinator, Department of Adolescent Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead
NSW, Australia
60 Ideas in 60 Minutes. P(art)icipation is the key: 60 ways to engage the community in arts- based projects Co-presenters: Elise Franke
Workshop
www.chw.edu.au/kids/art/youth/

The artists from The Children's Hospital at Westmead will present a fun, practical workshop exploring 60 creative ideas around using The Arts in a community/ healthcare setting. The ideas will cover themes of engagement, the physical environment and Cultural Community Development and implementation strategies.

Bernie Arigho Bernie Arigho Community Theatre and Creative Ageing specialist, Age Exchange, Korumburra
Victoria, Australia and UK
Reminiscence Theatre - Where Aged Care Meets Innovative Theatre Oral presentation

Reminiscence Theatre, as developed by Age Exchange, is a form of devised community theatre in which a team of reminiscence workers and older people work together to dramatically represent on stage the older people's remembered life-stories. This presentation will describe the key features of the process and illustrate the techniques used and outcomes achieved from selected productions.

Belinda Ayres Belinda Ayres Music Therapist, Oncology Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane
Queensland, Australia
Music Therapy Services in Paediatric Oncology: A National Clinical Practice Review Oral presentation

The Queensland Children's Cancer Centre (QCCC) at Royal Children's Hospital conducted a state-wide quality assurance project to review the music therapy services in paediatric oncology. Using an evidence-based practice model, this presentation provides an outline of the current literature, summarises feedback provided by patient/families, reports upon data collected from all Australian paediatric music therapy sites and discusses implications for change and future directions.

Bruce Barber Bruce Barber Musician, music educator and researcher, National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Evaluating music therapy and other complementary interventions to treat people who have dementia. Oral presentation
www.nari.unimelb.edu.au

Evaluating the effectiveness of music therapy in treating dementia is faced with a number of barriers that have made it difficult to meet current criteria for evidence-based practice. This presentation will review these barriers and report data from a recent randomized controlled trial that sought to evaluate the potential for music to reduce dementia symptoms.

Susan Barclay Susan Barclay PhD Candidate, University of Western Sydney
NSW, Australia
From Volunteers to corporate entity - the reconnection of visual arts and health Oral presentation

The relationship between arts and health has had a fractured past over the centuries, with a growing recognition of the therapeutic benefits created by the unison between arts and health, it is vital we understand the historical context of its re-birth and acknowledge the ground breaking work undertaken by its early pioneers.

Susan Barclay Adriane BoagYouth and Community Programs, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
ACT, Australia
Intergenerational or family learning at the National Gallery of Australia Oral presentation

This presentation will outline the variety of intergenerational programs, spaces and resources such as family activity rooms, printed family exhibition trails, audio tours, programs and events developed at the National Gallery of Australia to encourage family learning. The value and benefits for families have been demonstrated by evaluation and the value and benefits for the Gallery has resulted in increased interest and support for a wide variety of creative intergenerational programs.

Suzanne Bottomley Suzanne BottomleySocial Worker, Caulfield Community Health service (CCHS)
Melbourne, Australia
Stories of Inspiration: Presenters: Jacqui Goy
Oral presentation

Storytelling has been widely used to give a voice to socially isolated or marginalised people. Social exclusion negatively effects people's health and wellbeing. Through this strategy socially isolated participants were 100% satisfied with the strategy and were humbled by the great interest shown by members of the community in their stories. A quote from one of the participants captures this point; 'Thanks for finding me interesting'.

Nicola Bowery Nicola BoweryPoet
Braidwood, NSW, Australia
The Healing Power of Poetry Oral presentation
www.poetryalive.com.au

Poetry is a particularly suitable art form for people facing physical and mental health challenges. It needs minimal equipment, can take many shapes and styles, requires no prior experience. Poetry's heightened language and compression ask the writer to focus intensely. This is therapeutic in itself, people find a voice for what is actually happening and this encourages acceptance and empowerment.

Empowering through Poetry Workshop

A hands-on workshop for anyone who'd like to be more confident and relaxed around poetry, so they in turn can encourage others. Those in the healthcare professions, as well as those suffering from challenging personal health conditions, have strong material to fuel poetry. Writing exercises designed to free the poetic impulse and stimulate play with language will surprise and empower participants.

Anita Bragge Anita Bragge Art therapist in special education, Port Phillip Specialist School, Port Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Art Therapy in Special Education for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Workshop

Anita Bragge will present Art Therapy case studies from a range of students diagnosed with moderate to severe autism who attended individual art therapy sessions as part of their individual education program at Port Phillip Specialist School in Melbourne. Aspects of autism addressed include, anxiety, withdrawal tendencies, echolalia, social skills and emotional wellbeing.

Peter Breen Peter Breen Radiographer, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital; Visual Artist and Creative Arts Therapist, Urbaneyes Consulting; Jugglers Art Space Brisbane Inc (youth arts)
Queensland, Australia
The Space Between Workshop
www.jugglers.org.au
www.urbaneyes.com.au

What is happening for a patient during an x-ray procedure? What can professional Medical Imaging staff do that contributes to positive emotional well-being for a patient as part of the stream of care that she/he experiences in the gamut of medical procedures during illness and/or injury? An inquiry using performance, visual art and spoken word.

Susan Braun Susan Braun Community Cultural Development Worker, The Bridge - A Facility of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
NSW, Australia
The Bridge Art Group - A Community Cultural Development Approach to Engaging Communities Oral presentation
www.sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au/sydhosp/Services/adahpt.asp

The Bridge Art Group provides creative activities on a Wednesday morning in a group setting. The Bridge Art Group engages the participants through the arts, enhancing their quality of life, health and wellbeing. Central to the philosophy of the Art Group is the role of the community who are active participants in the cultural activities, rather than passive audience members.

Tina Broad Tina Broad Campaign Director, Music. Play for Life, Music Council of Australia, Sydney
NSW, Australia
Music. Play for Life Oral presentation

Music. Play for Life is the Music Council of Australia's national campaign to get more Australians making music: in schools, communities, everywhere. It delivers its mission by, among other things, coordinating a series of programs which build grassroots awareness of, and support for, the links between music making and the broad range of proven benefits to individual and societal wellbeing.

Paul Brophy Manager, Low Care Facility, Clifton Hill, Melbourne
Victoria Australia
Celebration of Life Oral presentation

Social events, offering music, song and dance, have proved successful for residents in aged care facilities within the City of Yarra. Outcomes include improvement in resident well being; sharing of resources amongst hostels and nursing homes; improved awareness of cultural and Indigenous affairs; positive promotion of senior citizens within the broader community; and a greater working relationship with the local government.

Pamela Bruder Pamela Bruder Co-ordinator, Life Enrichment Project, Emmy Monash Aged Care and PhD candidate,University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Generations in One Voice Communal singing as a transformative tool for positive change Oral presentation
www.pamser.com

'Generations in One Voice' The transformative power of communal singing on the wellbeing of frail aged people living in residential care. A choir operating within a residential aged care facility is inter-generational, inter-faith, and inter-cultural, sings in six languages, and has proved to be an effective and sustainable community partnership that is breaking down barriers and changing community attitudes.

Andrea Bruno Andrea Bruno University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia
Gomeroi gaaynggal: a creative start to health, a healthy start to life Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Loretta Weatherall, Kym Rae
www.andreabrunoartstudio.com.au

This presentation will discuss images from our successful "Gomeroi gaaynggal" exhibition, the program and how our team is working on evaluating our successes and failures.

Crossing the bridge, step by step, day by day

This presentation explores What prepares a non aboriginal artist for the role she must assume as an art coordinator of an ArtsHealth program with indigenous mothers?

Shannon Bush Shannon Bush Nurse, art therapist, life coach and founder, Creative Possibility, Perth
WA, Australia
Myth, Story and Creative Expression - Building Women's Self Esteem Workshop
www.creativepossibilityarttherapy.com.au

Poor self esteem creates so many issues for women. Shannon Bush provides women with the opportunity to discover and define their sense of self by exploring Goddess myth, story and creative expression. Shannon will share insights into the important link between these elements and women's self esteem in a workshop based on her Goddess Creativity - Journey Within Program

Libby Byrne Libby Byrne Visual Artist and Associate Lecturer, Master of Art Therapy Program, La Trobe University, Melbourne and researcher, Charles Sturt University
Victoria, Australia
Person Centred Art Making - An Intervention for Minimising the Impact of Depression and Dementia for Elders in Residential Care Co-Author(s): Rev Dr Elizabeth MacKinlay
Oral presentation

Person centred engagement with art can open the door to the discovery of the deepest voice of our souls in prayer. This workshop will explore the ways in which developing a companioning relationship with art can offer older people suffering with dementia and depression a unique experience of connection with themselves and with others who may share the journey with them.

Liz Caddy Liz Caddy Nurse, counsellor, and creative art researcher, Curtin University and Perth Clinic
WA, Australia
Painting a path to wellness Oral presentation

‘Painting a path to wellness’: Correlations established between participating in a creative activity group and improved measured mental health outcomes for the population of a private psychiatric hospital: 2004-2009

Robyn Carney Robyn Carney Community ArtLink Coordinator, Lifestyle Services, United Aged Care Southern Tasmania, Hobart
TAS, Australia
The Knitting Room - a model for other community projects Oral presentation

The Knitting Room project has been one of the great success stories for community arts and health. With over 500 participants, including many nursing home residents, and about 15,000 visitors to date, The Knitting Room provides a model from which future projects can benefit.

This presentation will examine how the lessons learnt from The Knitting Room can be translated into other community art projects?

Amy Chen Amy Yi-Chun Chen Doctor of Creative Arts candidate, Interactivation Studio and Centre for Health Communication, UTS, Sydney
NSW, Australia
Visual Melodies: An Interactive Natural Landscape Installation for Visitors to a Healthcare Setting Co-presenters: Bert Bongers and Rick Iedema
Oral presentation

This paper presents the Visual Melodies Interactive Installation and evaluates its effectiveness at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney. The installation is designed to combine the principles of art, colour, and music therapies, and is aimed at providing an enjoyable and relaxing interactive art experience to visitors at a healthcare service who have time to spare and may be undergoing stress.

Wendy Cox Wendy CoxDirector Accommodation Services, disability Services Commission, Perth
WA, Australia
Partnering to achieve Arts and Health outcomes Co-presenters: Simone Flavelle
Oral presentation
dadaawa.org.au

The Arts and Health partnership between the Western Australian Disability Services Commission's Accommodation Services Directorate (DSC ASD) and DADAA Inc. commenced in 2002 and until 2007 the partners engaged in 15 small to medium arts projects with the target group. In 2007 the partners commenced The Lost Generation Project as a large scale strategy to address the health and wellbeing needs of adults with intellectual disabilities living in supported accommodation settings across the Perth metropolitan region. This presentation will outline some of the arts strategies employed through the partnership and the resulting individual and institutional health and wellbeing outcomes.

Arts as a Tool for Social Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing Co-presenters: Simone Flavelle
Oral presentation

This presentation will focus on The Lost Generation Project Collective Case Study published online as part of the Disseminate Arts and Health project, the rationale behind the methodology and the stories that have evolved since each of the five selected Storytellers have participated and made their films. It will examine the social inclusion outcomes for each Storyteller in line with the Australian Government's National Social Inclusion Monitoring and Reporting Framework and discuss the challenges of measuring for change in a population that has experienced significant periods of isolation.

Helen Crawford Helen Crawford Arts Co-ordinator, Neami SA, Port Adelaide
SA, Australia
Arts Based Practice and Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) Co-presenter: Chris Reynolds
Oral presentation
www.neami.org.au

For 15 years Neami has run visual arts programs focused on recovery. Neami Ltd is a national non-government mental health organisation. Helen and Chris will illuminate the principals of Neami's arts based practice model. The model has now been adapted from the original program at Splash Art Studio in Melbourne to the different contexts in South Australia.

Professor Jane W. Davidson Jane W. Davidson Professor, School of Music and Director,Callaway Centre, University of Western Australia, Perth
WA, Australia
Investigating group singing activity with people with dementia: Problems and positive prospects Oral presentation
www.designcentre.info

A singing program for individuals with dementia was run and evaluated. Standard measures showed little impact, but study-specific ones indicated positive gains including lucidity, improved social interaction, singing engagement, memory recall and overall enjoyment. The paper discusses the problems and positive prospects of singing groups work and the difficulties of tracking change through reliable measurement tools.

Dylan Davis Dylan Davis Researcher, Design Centre, Swinburne University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Tales from the SRS: Collaborative Digital storytelling techniques for work with participants who are older and frail, people with a physical, psychiatric, intellectual or other disability. Oral presentation
www.designcentre.info

Since the late 1990's Digital Storytelling (DST) has been used by community groups to share experiences, tell stories and create greater access to this enabling technology. Lambert, J. (2007) This paper outlines methods used by Swinburne Design Centre (SDC) students to develop the Tales from the Supported Residential Service (SRS) program in partnership with Inner South Community Health Services. (ISCH)

Pippa Davis Pippa Davis General Manager, Buzz Dance Theatre, Perth
WA, Australia
Big Stretch Oral presentation
www.buzzdance.com.au

With Buzz Dance Theatre's project called Big Stretch the company went to the Pilbara community of JIgalong and took a film crew with them. The film that resulted shows the company working with the young people in the school. This film demonstrates the power of the arts to engage and teach in a way that transcends many barriers to learning.

Phoenix de Carteret Phoenix de Carteret Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia,
Transcribing lived experience: narrative in arts-health practice Oral presentation

This presentation draws on a recent series of storytelling workshops designed to encourage story telling beyond dominant narratives. Participants found value and pleasure in exploring their life experiences and followed on to compile a book of their stories and later, a DVD launched at a highly successful community exhibition and performance evening.

Robyn deVries Robyn deVries Melbourne Art Therapy Studio
Victoria, Australia,
An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop
www.melbournearttherapy.com.au

This workshop is a general introduction to Art Therapy, briefly covering the origins in the west, where and how Art Therapy is used today in Australia and an experiential workshop. No prior experience with art is necessary.

Kathryn Di Nicola Kathryn Di Nicola Mission Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Milk Crate Theatre: The transformative power of a live performance Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Beck Ronkson

Milk Crate Theatre is a theatre company working with people who are homeless and disadvantaged to enhance lives, build connections and create original and engaging theatre works. This paper describes the Theatre's partnerships with welfare services, community engagement efforts, workshop programs and theatre productions, and the results of a small qualitative research study into the Theatre's workshops for homeless women.

Catherine Dinklemann Catherine Dinklemann Creative Ageing Planning and Research and Cultural Development Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council, Greensborough
Victoria, Australia
'Bringing Quality Arts Projects and Artists into Residential Aged Care Facilities' Oral presentation

An illustrated discussion about the important role that the arts play in residential aged care facilities, illustrated by 2 case studies. Some of the key learnings from the case studies will be shared, outlining the importance of creative approaches to help prompt memory, group sharing and foster a greater sense of community belonging.

Jessica Douglas-Henry Jessica Douglas-Henry Film producer, director health education and CEO, Iris Pictures, Sydney
NSW, Australia
Anna's Adventure www.irispictures.com.au

A workshop about the development and production of a cross platform documentary project "Anna's Adventure." This poetic linear documentary and practically focused website about living with advanced cancer opens up discussion with workshop participants about ways of using a transmedia model to convey sophisticated concepts specifically around living with life limiting illness and more generally about ways of developing creative transmedia health communication strategies.

Lisa Dowler Lisa Dowler Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University and Small Things Dance Collective
Liverpool, UK
Improvising On the Ward: Begin From Where You Are Workshop

This paper provides a descriptive account of ongoing action research by Small Things Dance Collective, into the effects of dance improvisation, refined touch and somatic practice with children on the Neuromedical and Oncology wards of Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, UK. The paper considers how the non-judgemental and inclusive approach of site sensitive dance improvisers is particularly appropriate and successful in a clinical setting.

Bruce Esplin Bruce Esplin Commissioner, Office of the Emergency Services, Department of Justice, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
At The Coalface - Role of the Arts in bushfire recovery Workshop
Co-Author(s): Verity Higgins, Marilyn Gourley

Following the Victorian fires in 2009, the arts played a key role in delivering support to artists and communities and has been instrumental in the recovery process. RAV's At The Coalface is a documentary film by Verity Higgins and David Brown of the work by Marilyn Gourley and impact of arts projects in these communities.

Lindsay Farrell Lindsay Farrell Australian Catholic University
Queensland, Australia
Art and Health in prisons, hospitals and marginalized communities in Australia. Workshop

This paper reports on five art research projects (2005 - 2010) with socially marginalised groups in Australia. These include art within men and women's prisons, three large hospitals and a program of university art education to homeless and marginalised groups in Brisbane, Australia.

Simon Faulkner Simon Faulkner Developer and manager, DRUMBEAT program, Holyoake Institute/ Victorian Youth Substance Abuse Service, Perth
Western Australia, Australia
DRUMBEAT - Discovering Relationships Using Music - Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes & Thoughts Workshop
www.holyoake.org.au

The workshop introduces participants to the Holyoake DRUMBEAT program. An evidence based, early intervention designed for population groups averse to talk based therapies. DRUMBEAT is an exploration of relationship issues using hand drumming as a means of engagement and as a tool for analogy and metaphor.

William Feez William Feez Art Therapist, Melbourne Institute of Experiential & Creative Arts Therapy, Bribie Island
Queensland, Australia
Not Like Pills; The Arts in Relationship in Dementia Care Co-presenters: Dr Heather Hill

As arts therapy practitioners/group leaders in the field of dementia, we have come to appreciate the prime role of relationship when engaging people with dementia in arts experiences. In this paper, we elaborate on what we mean by relationship and the arts, and embody this discussion through examples from our own practice.

Patricia Fenner Patricia Fenner Lecturer, Master of Art Therapy, Department of Counselling and Psychological Health, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Art making and mental health recovery: Staff and consumer experiences. Co-presenters: Theresa Van Lith, Margot Schofield
Oral presentation

Consumers and art facilitators in community mental health settings recognise and value art making as supportive to the mental health recovery process, but until recently this claim has been primarily substantiated anecdotally. This presentation will discuss the findings from a recent study that explored the relationship between the art making and mental health recovery from consumer and art facilitator perspectives.

The material environment in psychological therapies: an extended relationship Oral presentation

The material setting in which psychological therapies take place has attracted little research attention. What we understand as relationship in therapy may need to be expanded to include subjective responses to the environment. This in-depth, art-based study explored the lived experience of clients and therapists of their rooms of therapy and how important emotional interactions with material elements of the room provided enhancing and containing effects.

Renee Ferguson Renee Ferguson Research academic, Health Promotion Evaluation Unit, School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia, Perth
WA, Australia.
Hot Chips and Fizzy Drinks: Findings from a food audit at a large community arts event in Western Australia. Poster

The Perth Royal Show is the largest annual community arts event in Western Australia. The aim of this study was to explore the availability and consumption of healthy food options. Findings will be used in support for the provision of more healthful foods at this major arts event in future.

Simone Flavelle Simone Flavelle Manager, Ageing and Disability Programs, The Lost Generation Project, DADAA WA, Perth
WA, Australia
Partnering to achieve Arts and Health outcomes Co-presenter: Wendy Cox
Oral presentation
dadaawa.org.au

The Arts and Health partnership between the Western Australian Disability Services Commission's Accommodation Services Directorate (DSC ASD) and DADAA Inc. commenced in 2002 and until 2007 the partners engaged in 15 small to medium arts projects with the target group. In 2007 the partners commenced The Lost Generation Project as a large scale strategy to address the health and wellbeing needs of adults with intellectual disabilities living in supported accommodation settings across the Perth metropolitan region. This presentation will outline some of the arts strategies employed through the partnership and the resulting individual and institutional health and wellbeing outcomes.

Arts as a Tool for Social Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing Co-presenter: Wendy Cox
Oral presentation

This presentation will focus on The Lost Generation Project Collective Case Study published online as part of the Disseminate Arts and Health project, the rationale behind the methodology and the stories that have evolved since each of the five selected Storytellers have participated and made their films. It will examine the social inclusion outcomes for each Storyteller in line with the Australian Government's National Social Inclusion Monitoring and Reporting Framework and discuss the challenges of measuring for change in a population that has experienced significant periods of isolation.

Dayna Fisher Dayna Fisher Counsellor, Lifeline Adelaide and Domestic Violence Helpline; visual arts programmer, Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre SA, Adelaide
SA, Australia.
Identity Inside Out Oral presentation

'Identity Inside Out' - an art program that targets young people experiencing a mental health issue. Because Western philosophy places our entire identity in our minds, when things go wrong even the strongest self disintegrates. 'Identity Inside Out' facilitates the rebuilding process through creating art. Based on the Strengths Perspective, the program is markedly different from the problem-based group therapy model.

Elise Franke Elise Franke Youth Arts Worker, Department of Adolescent Medicine, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney
NSW, Australia
60 Ideas in 60 Minutes. P(art)icipation is the key: 60 ways to engage the community in arts- based projects Co-presenters: Natalie Anderson
Workshop
www.chw.edu.au/kids/art/youth/

The artists from The Children's Hospital at Westmead will present a fun, practical workshop exploring 60 creative ideas around using The Arts in a community/ healthcare setting. The ideas will cover themes of engagement, the physical environment and Cultural Community Development and implementation strategies.

Wendy Gallagher Wendy Gallagher The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
United Kingdom
Who Cares? Health, Well-Being and Museums Co-presenters: Lucy Burscough
Oral presentation

'Who Cares? Health, Well-Being and Museums' aims to make a significant contribution to the field of arts and health with particular emphasis on mental health and well-being. It is anticipated that bringing together museum collections, gallery spaces, health professionals and museum professionals will result in valuable experiences for participants, and research that will be disseminated at regional, national and international level.

Simone Gillam Simone Gillam Arts and Mental Health Project Officer, Country Arts SA and Country Health SA Eyre Mental Health, Port Lincoln
South Australia, Australia
Successful Partnerships = Creative solutions to aid recovery Country Arts SA and Country Health SA Eyre Mental Health Services. Oral presentation
www.countryarts.org.au

Since July 2008, a strong and vibrant partnership has flourished between Country Arts SA, the regional state arts funding body, and Country Health SA (Eyre Mental Health Services) to jointly fund the position of Arts and Mental Health Project Officer for Southern Eyre Peninsula. During this presentation there will be a range of projects that demonstrate the power of art to engage, express, heal, and provide hope.

Making Mandalas Workshop

In this workshop you will be shown how to create you own unique, individual Mandala. Simone Gillam, Arts and Mental Health Project Officer for Country Arts SA and Country Health Eyre Mental Health, will demonstrate how "Making a Mandala" can bring relaxation, clarity of thought and just sheer enjoyment. This hand's on workshop will be filled with inspiration, instructions and materials on how to create your own two dimensional Mandala.

Nel Glass Nel Glass Research Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Art at Work' in health care: The role of reflexivity in researcher and participant health and healing.
Oral presentation
apps.acu.edu.au/staffdirectory/?nel-glass

This presentation introduces the role of performative social science research in the context of health promotion and healing. A performative 'Art at Work' qualitative research process that incorporates an arts/healing nexus will be revealed. The 'Art at Work' research process will be showcased as a tri-focal reflexive visual art representation in: data collection; analysis; and public engagement.

Donna Glassford Donna Glassford Executive Director, Cultural Enrichment Vanderbilt University Medical Center
USA
The Arts: Healers in Many Forms in Unlikely Places
Oral presentation

This presentation will focus on how the arts can be a healer through passive observation, through active creation, through the impact of emotional engagement and through the gift of philanthropy.

An overview of Cultural Enrichment will highlight; creating exhibitions and collecting art that is appropriate to healthcare environments , structuring arts programs both visual, literary and musical for socio- psycho therapeutic benefit, commissioning artistic works which are meaningful to the lives of patients and healthcare workers and engaging the community in volunteerism and underwriting the cost of healing arts programs.

David Glenister David Glenister St Vincent's Health, Cartias Christi Hopsice
Melbourne, Australia
The function of art spaces within palliatve care facilities
Oral presentation

Describing interaction in the patient lounge/art space within Caritas Christi hospice Kew, I explore the notion that a non-clinical room thus utilised has potential to foster a democratic recursive matrix that contributes to a culture of community in a palliative facility. Scant attention has been given to environments conducive to therapeutic interaction within palliative care contexts, or health in general.

Jill Gordon Jill Gordon General Practitioner and Associate Professor, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney
NSW, Australia
Singing of bodies changed into shapes of a different kind: metaphor and transformation in cancer patients. Co-presenter: Carolyn Rickett
Oral presentation

This paper explores the use of metaphor in poem making as a therapeutic intervention for people who have experienced a life-threatening illness. We will discuss two case studies involving participants in the New Leaves creative writing project. Our project examined the impact on well-being of artistic writing for people who had undergone treatment for cancer.

Sarah Gosling Sarah Gosling Community Cultural Development, Cairns Regional Council and Circus Arts specialist
Queensland, Australia
The Carrot on a Stick Program Oral presentation

The Carrot on a Stick Program is an innovative way for services to work together to engage families in adopting an active and healthy lifestyle using a creative course that involves circus skills, making healthy food choices, oral health and social skills. It takes nutrition out of the classroom and into an accessible environment which encourages peer learning.

Gillian Gould Gillian Gould General Practitioner, Senior Research Fellow, UNSW Rural Clinical School and Medical Director, Indigenous Smoking Cessation Program, Coffs Harbour
NSW, Australia
Making the Message Stick: persuasive media and arts-based messages for Indigenous health promotion Workshop

This workshop will explore ways that arts and media can be used to design salient messages for health promotion for Indigenous people. Suggestions will be given regarding formative research, involvement of the Aboriginal community and Indigenous artists and pre and post-test measures. Although examples will be given from the perspective of anti-smoking campaigns the principles are adaptable to other issues and populations.

Jacqui Goy Jacqui GoySocial Worker, Caulfield Community Health service (CCHS)
Melbourne, Australia
Stories of Inspiration: Co-Presenter:Suzanne Bottomley
Oral presentation

Storytelling has been widely used to give a voice to socially isolated or marginalised people. Social exclusion negatively effects people's health and wellbeing. Through this strategy socially isolated participants were 100% satisfied with the strategy and were humbled by the great interest shown by members of the community in their stories. A quote from one of the participants captures this point; 'Thanks for finding me interesting'.

Sheila Grace Sheila Grace Arts Director, St.James Hospital in collaboration with the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery (TCD) and the National College of art and Design (NCAD)to offer an Arts in Healthcare Education Module
Dublin, Ireland
Evaluation of Interdisciplinary Arts in Health Clinical Placement Oral presentation

The pivotal academic underpinning of Arts in Health enables sustainability. With this in mind, three stakeholders in Ireland collaborated on devising an undergraduate education module. The resulting pilot involved a joint clinical placement for nursing and art students. This pilot, run with four students in the state's largest public hospital was evaluated.The findings led to the conclusion that a roll out of the module to more students of both disciplines would be beneficial.

Sophie Grange Sophie Grange Nillumbik Shire Council Youth Services
Victoria, Australia
iNSIGHT Oral presentation

iNSIGHT is an annual creative photography program for young people aged 12 - 25 years living in Nillumbik. It aims to express their talents and ideas through photography and other artistic mediums. Some of the issues focused in the program have been Drug and Alcohol, Emotions, Home and Celebrating Diversity and Promoting Understanding.

Julie Green Julie Green Deputy Director and Head of Research, Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute; Senior Fellow, Department of Paediatrics and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
New hospital, new opportunities: The place of the arts in a ChARTer for Children's Learning Co-presenter: Glenda Strong

www.rch.org.au/education

This paper describes the development of an evidence-based Charter for Children's Learning at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. A key characteristic of the Charter is to strengthen the capacity of a hospital to keep children engaged with imagining, exploring and creating art in a dynamic and acute care setting where learning remains an important dimension to children's health and wellbeing.

Peta Greenough Peta Greenough Creative and Expressive Arts Therapist, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Pilot study using art therapy as a reflective tool for clinical supervision Co-presenter: Beverley Marsh
Oral presentation

This presentation is a collaborative pilot study, using art therapy for clinical supervision with nurse clinical care coordinators in a sub acute Melbourne hospital. In fast paced health care, personal/professional well being is essential. This study facilitates reflection in a peer group using creative/expressive arts as a tool to manage and develop self.

Vicky Guglielmo Vicky Guglielmo Arts and Participation Program Manager, City of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Engaging Art, Transforming Cities Oral presentation
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au

Engaging Art - Transforming Cities The role and function of the City of Melbourne's Arts and Participation Program. Vicky Guglielmo Arts and Participation Program Manager, City of Melbourne will present on the program and the way it uses art to engage with communities and influence the development of the city's culture.

Karleen Gwinner Karleen GwinnerVisual Artist, Community Cultural Development; Researcher, Victims of Crime by Offenders with Mental Illness, QLD Health
Queensland, Australia
Who gets to decide what for whom? Perceptions of Participation and Community Oral presentation

This paper investigates perceptions of participation through the views of artists with a mental illness in programs that encourage community engagement. The paper argues for ideals and perceptive of participation and community cultural development to engage deeper appreciation and to seek understanding of what participation and community means for the person with a mental illness and indeed any participant of community development programs.

George Halasz Consultant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Lessons from the acquisition and exhibition of artworks by Holocaust survivors and the second generation. Co-presenter: Dr Eugen Koh
Oral presentation

The Cunningham Dax Collection (CDC) began a collaboration with the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) to acquire art by Holocaust survivors and the second generation. The exhibition ‘Out of the Dark – the Emotional Legacy of the Holocaust’ (2009), with over 1000 visitors provided many lessons, including how staff and artists attended to trust building, a central concern with severely traumatized individuals.

Betty Haralambous Betty Haralambous research Fellow and Team Leader, Preventative and Public Health Division, National Ageing Research Institute, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
An Intergenerational Playgroup in a Residential Aged Care Facility Co-authors: S Williams, E Renehan, E Cramer, J Doherty, G Dougherty
Oral presentation

The project established a playgroup in a residential aged care facility and evalu ated the outcome for the playgroup participants in particular the residents of the facility. The playgroup was sucessful and had social and community benefits to residents, families and the facility as a whole.

Rosalie Hastwell Rosalie Hastwell Director, Artists Training Program, Festival for Healthy Living, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Who's afraid of.................?
Oral presentation

New understandings of mental health and wellbeing can be generated when artists work together with health professionals and educators. Yet the different perspectives, practices and paradigms informing these three professions can also present multiple challenges for collaboration. What do these new understandings look like and what are the challenges that can get in the way of artists and health professionals working together? This presentation shares some of the learnings from the Artists Training Program at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital which has been building interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, teachers and health professionals.

Merilyn Hawke Merilyn HawkePhysiotherapist, specialising in aged care, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Conductorcise... A sound workout for mind, body and soul Workshop

This participatory workshop will introduce the innovative Conductorcise Program. The program's key elements of aerobic exercise, music and education, its adaptability for different levels of physical and cognitive ability, and the enthusiastic and humorous method of presentation, ensure it's appeal to seniors, and its value as exercise program and as an adjunct to therapy.

Anne Heard Anne Heard ACH Group
South Australia
Reminiscence creating connections through Art Oral presentation

The 'Banners on My Parade' presentation will use case studies and visual images to demonstrate the health and social benefits of a community art activity for older people. The sense of purpose and identity, shared connections and confidence to create art resulted in a display during the Every Generation Festival, promoting positive ageing and lifting the spirits of all involved.

BoilOver Bernadette Hetherington Co-founder, BoilOver and Health Promotion Co-ordinator, Sunbury Community Health Centre, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
BoilOver - An Inclusive Performance Ensemble Co-presenters: Tamara Searle (Artistic Director) and Lachlan Dodd (Performer)
Oral presentation

BoilOver is an inclusive performance ensemble based in Sunbury which aims to devise unique performance works. Led by a professional artistic director, members learn to develop skills and performance works. Through performance making our members increase their self esteem, social networks and creativity. This presentation will describe how a local community health centre facilitates important social connections through performing arts.

Julieanne Hilbers Julieanne Hilbers Psychologist and Diversity Health Co-ordinator, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
NSW, Australia
The arts as a driver for building a Diversity Health agenda Oral presentation

This paper illustrates how creativity is a core value within Diversity Health and how it is a key driver within program strategies that seek to engage the hearts of patients, families, carers and staff; foster critical practice amongst clinicians and create supportive contexts for patient centred care within an acute setting. A range of projects, opportunities and challenges are presented.

Celebrations for personal and collective health and wellbeing Oral presentation
www.widigee.com

This presentation examines the role celebrations play in enhancing personal and collective health and wellbeing . This presentation will examine celebration practice and in particular the role of participatory and creative processes such as dance, playing music, story -making and -telling and ritual in fostering deeper and more authentic engagement. A framework to guide practice will be offered.

Heather Hill Heather HillDance therapist, dementia specialist and author
Victoria, Australia
Not Like Pills - The Arts and Relationship in Dementia Care Co-presenter: William Feez
Oral presentation

As arts therapy practitioners/group leaders in the field of dementia, we have come to appreciate the prime role of relationship when engaging people with dementia in arts experiences. In this paper, we elaborate on what we mean by relationship and the arts, and embody this discussion through examples from our own practice.

Gwawr Ifan Gwawr Ifan School of Music, Bangor University
Gwynedd, Wales, UK
'Twilight Harmonies': Music in health and well-being in Wales Oral presentation

This paper investigates the importance of a bilingual provision of music in health projects amongst elderly communities in Wales and focuses on a musical project at a day care centre in Caernarfon (Gwynedd) where 70% of the population are native, first-language Welsh speakers.

Professor Sue HoganUniversity of Sheffield
United Kingdom
An Introduction to Visual-Research Methods: Using the Arts to Interrogate Health

This paper will look at the arts as a potential research tool for investigating health-related and social-care topics. The use of creative-visualisation techniques, arts media, and photography in social science and ethnographic research will be presented. Examples of art work which functions more in terms of an exploration of personal experience in relation to health topics or a critique of health services will also be presented. Thus this paper offers an indication of the way creative methodologies are being used, and can be used, to interrogate health subjects.

Images of Broomhall, Sheffield. Urban Violence & Using the Arts as a Research Aid.

This piece is a walking interview in an urban area of Sheffield in which there has been considerable violence between Somali and Afro-Caribbean males. Photographs were taken at the significant stopping points.

Gwawr Ifan Gwawr Ifan School of Music, Bangor University
Gwynedd, Wales, UK
'Twilight Harmonies': Music in health and well-being in Wales Oral presentation

This paper investigates the importance of a bilingual provision of music in health projects amongst elderly communities in Wales and focuses on a musical project at a day care centre in Caernarfon (Gwynedd) where 70% of the population are native, first-language Welsh speakers.

Lina Ishu Lina Ishu Young Women's Project Officer, Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors(STARTTS), Sydney
NSW, Australia
Dance to express Dance to heal Oral presentation
STARTTS.org.au

Many of our clients populations impacted by war related trauma have reason not to trust verbal exchanges. dance and movement gives them another means of communication with which to acknowledge process and express feelings and thoughts. The therapeutic use of media in group setting can increase our clients' sense of control and capacity for problem solving.

Michelle Jersky Michelle Jersky Project Officer, Sydney Children's Community Health Centre, Department of Community Child Health, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick
NSW, Australia
Teenage Aboriginal Back-to-School Program (Parent Program) Co-presenter: Co-authors (Dr Karen Zwi, Lola Callaghan, Jennifer Winters)
Oral presentation

This presentation will provide an overview of the Teenage Aboriginal Back-to-School Program (Parent Program) in La Perouse which is an initiative of the Department of Community Child Health at the Sydney Children's Hospital. The program uses art as a social intervention practice and aims to improve the health of young teenage Aboriginal parents and their children, and empower them with educational opportunities and practical health and parenting skills.

Lindy Jourbert Lindy Jourbert Director, UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts and UNESCO Observatory Cultural Villages Program for the Promotion of Health and Wellbeing; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
UNESCO Observatory Cultural Villages Program for the Promotion of Health and Wellbeing Co-presenter: Chris Platania-Phung
Oral presentation

Challenges to health and wellbeing call for participatory, cross-sector, multi-level, inter-disciplinary processes that align with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In this context the UNESCO Observatory for Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, at the University of Melbourne, integrates research and practice in arts-in-education with arts-in-health through partnership-building between marginalized communities, university researchers and students, and local industries.

Brian Joyce Brian Joyce Director, Hunter Writers Centre/University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia
The Damning Meta-Narrative - does Stigma Trauma exist? Oral presentation

Windale has been called the worst postcode in Australia - 3 years in a row. What impact does such a sobriquet have? A Windale resident coined the term "Stigma Trauma". No such phrase could be found in the medical or sociological canon, so what did it mean? Finding out is the story of a Writer in Residence program in Windale.

'And then' - An unfolding/enfolding story. Oral presentation

An interactive narrative project for health service providers and their clients. Narrative can reflect our experience, anticipate it, dialogue with it and be an opportunity to explore different directions, possibilities and outcomes. Chapters of Life was an interactive email-based story for NSW Department of Disability, Aging and Home Care and their clients.

Pilar Kasat Pilar Kasat Managing Director, Community Arts Network Western Australia (CAN WA)
WA, Australia
Singing, dancing and smoking for country: using arts, music,photography and performance to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in the Wheatbelt and Goldfields Co-presenter: David Palmer
www.canwa.com.au

Singing, dancing and smoking for country: A dialogue between CAN WA and two academics about the lessons learnt in using art to improve the health and social conditions of people living in regional Western Australia. In particular they will discuss how the use of arts, new media and performance provide opportunities to bridge the conceptual, cultural and social distance between non-Indigenous organisations keen on improving the health of community and Indigenous people themselves.

George Khut George Khut Artist
Sydney, Australia
The Heart Library Project: An interactive art exhibition at St. Vincent Oral presentation

This paper provides an overview of George Khut's Heart Library Project - an innovative and interactive arts-health project exhibited at St. Vincent's Public Hospital, Darlinghurst in July 2009, and reflects on changing approaches to hospital exhibitions, community engagement and health promotion, highlighted by this project.

Elisa Knowlman Elisa Knowlman Specialist in Healthcare design, Peddle Thorp Architects
Brisbane, Australia
Moving forward Looking back Co-presenter: Lyn Spence
Oral presentation

In the early 1970s John Coburn created a piece of artwork called "Autumn", inspired by the AD Hope poem "Ode on the Death of Pius XII". It wouldn't have been possible then to predict the far reaching influence that the painting would have on a community of people dedicated to the care of the poor and dying. The Architect and the Care Services Development Manager of St Vincent's Hospital in Brisbane describe how this painting became a metaphor for the renewal of the health service.

Annette Koch Annette Koch Family Support Officer, Alzheimer's Australia NT
Northern Territory, Australia
The Application of Montessori Principles in Aged Care Oral presentation

At Alzheimer's Australia NT, a group of early-stage dementia clients composed their own board game. The project was initiated by the Family Support Officer, based on Montessori principles, which encourage independent thought, making choices and social engagement. Client involvement in all aspects of the game's development was encouraged. The completed game brought immense satisfaction to each client involved.

Anne Kwasner Anne Kwasner Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
NSW, Australia
A Comparative Look at the Role Art Plays in Steps to Wellbeing from Two Different Supported Studios Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Kristina Tito and Natalie McCarthy

This paper discusses the varying differences and similarities that are found in two supported visual art studios one funded by NSW health the other a community based supported art studio project that receives funding from differing sources, other than health. It focuses on wellbeing as the product of social inclusion, community development and personal identity of being, an artist.

Sophia Suk-mun Law Sophia Suk-mun Law Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University
N.T., NA, Hong Kong
Rekindling Hearts with Art - a community art project for young survivors of the Sichuan earthquake Oral presentation
ln.edu.hk/visual/cvlaw.php

Art for All, a non-profit making Community Art Organization in Hong Kong has run a series of creativities including painting, dancing, singing and drama, for young survivors of the Sichuan earthquake. This paper examines how these creativities can facilitate the release and sharing of inner emotions of the survivors, and empowers the community as a whole.

Anne Learmonth Anne Learmonth Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Staying Connected: Activities & outcomes Workshop
www.anhlc.asn.au

This workshop will provide information about the results of research into the outcomes of programs offered by Neighbourhood Houses to older Victorians. Key case studies will be discussed and the signifiers of good practice identified. Participants will be asked to provide feedback on a draft resource for community organisations about processes for identifying community needs and designing effective programs.

Michelle Leenders Michelle Leenders Creative Recovery Project Officer, CRRMHQ and Access Arts Inc.
Queensland, Australia
Creative Livelihoods - A Work In Progress Co-presenters: Dr Geraldine Dyer - Regional Psychiatrist; Vicki Saunders - JCU PhD Candidate
Oral presentation

Creative Livelihoods: A Work in Progress - describes the evolution of the Creative Recovery concept to encompass the potential for participatory arts engagement to support wellbeing and livelihoods in vulnerable communities. An innovative research methodology has been applied to conduct the evaluation of the original project which explores the notion of gaining a 'two way understanding' from Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Storylines

Lindsay Lovering Lindsay Lovering Arts Program Manager, Healthway WA, Perth
WA, Australia
Who said it's impossible? Making the 2009 Perth Royal Show Smoke free! Collaborators: Christina Mills, Michael Rosenberg, Renee Ferguson, Lisa Wood - Health Promotion Evaluation Unit, University of Western Australia
Oral presentation

A productive relationship between Healthway WA and the Royal Agricultural Show that demonstrates that a smoke free event can be popular and not financially disadvantageous.

Keely Macarow Keely Macarow Senior Lecturer and Leader of the Art, Science and the body research cluster, School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing: A multi-disciplinary collaboration between researchers and clinicians in emergency medicine, sound and art Co-presenters: Philip Samartzis, co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer in Sound, School of Art, RMIT University and Tracey Weiland, Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
Oral presentation

'Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing' is a three-year interdisciplinary project funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. This presentation outlines the project background, collaborative process, clinical trial and sound design methodologies, and the results of the three-phase study. Extracts of the sound compositions used in the clinical trial will be presented and discussed in the context of the collaboration.

Michelle Mahrer Michelle Mahrer Dance Movement Therapist, Montefiore Home for the Aged, Sydney
NSW, Australia
Dance Therapy For Dementia Residents in Aged Care Setting Oral presentation

Dance Therapy with Dementia Residents in Aged Care. Dance Therapy is a wholistic model that gives expression to the whole person where healing can be experienced through the unity of mind, body and spirit. Dance has always been an integral part of human life. In ancient cultures dance was the way people came together for ritual, socialization, celebration, and healing. This paper will discuss a unique program using Dance therapy for residents with advanced dementia at the Montefiore Home for the Aged in Sydney.

Ripple Effect - Lobotomize Scotia Monkivitch Queensland Arts and Health Consortium
QLD, Australia
The Ripple Effect - An Arts and Health Project Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Neal Price

With the assistance of the Q150, Australia Council Community Partnerships and Queensland Gaming Community Benefit fund and Q150, the Queensland Arts and Health Consortium has developed a mental health digital media project to highlight the contribution that Artists with a lived experience of mental illness and recovery can make to our understanding of community well-being and mental health.

Beverley Marsh Beverley Marsh Team Leader, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Rehab Unit, Caulfield Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Pilot study using art therapy as a reflective tool for clinical supervision Co-presenter: Peta Greenough
Oral presentation

This presentation is a collaborative pilot study, using art therapy for clinical supervision with nurse clinical care coordinators in a sub acute Melbourne hospital. In fast paced health care, personal/professional well being is essential. This study facilitates reflection in a peer group using creative/expressive arts as a tool to manage and develop self.

Maggie McCabe Maggie McCabe University of South Australia
South Australia, Australia
homelessness, health and art Oral presentation
www.hepccouncilsa.asn.au

Two arts and health projects will be presented that have produced positve outcomes to the health and well being of marginalised individuals and communities who are homeless and at risk youth and adults. Both groups were involved in two different arts activities/workshops and exhibitions while learning about hepatitis C and health care services. Both groups were able to participate in community events which were successful in empowering participants cultural identity, their peers and health workers through the exchange of written, spoken and visual information about the hep C virus and risk.

Linda McCann Linda McCann City of Greater Dandenong
Victoria, Australia
Dancing with Strength - The Spirit of Cambodia Oral presentation
www.greaterdandenong.com

The City of Greater Dandenong Aged & Disability Services delivers specific CALD community programs utilising a person-centred approach, allowing clients to engage in activities of their choice. A dance program for Cambodian elderly has enabled the group to maintain strength while participating in a gentle art form of dance that also maintains their cultural connections.

Natalie McCarthy Natalie McCarthy Roomies Artspace, Newtown
NSW, Australia
A Comparative Look at the Role Art Plays in Steps to Wellbeing from Two Different Supported Studios Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Kristina Tito and Anne Kwasner

This paper discusses the varying differences and similarities that are found in two supported visual art studios one funded by NSW health the other a community based supported art studio project that receives funding from differing sources, other than health. It focuses on wellbeing as the product of social inclusion, community development and personal identity of being, an artist.

Sue McEntyre Sue McEntyre Education and Public Programs Officer, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
NSW, Australia
Gallery and Museum Outreach to the Low Mobility Frail and Aged Community Groups

Coffs Harbour Regional Art Gallery has been taking gallery and museum outreach objects to many low mobility frail and aged community groups.

This enhances the access of these people to gallery and museum objects without the need for them to visit the exhibitions.

It is an enrichment program that provides social interaction and mental stimulation for this most disadvantaged sector of our community.

One positive aspect of this program has been that some of these people have gained sufficient physical and emotional confidence to actually visit the gallery as invited groups.

Kim McConville Kim McConville Executive Director, Beyond Empathy, Armidale
NSW, Australia
The Slender Thread: from Mubali to Manduwa Co-authors: Jo Davidson, Lead Artist and Project Manager Ngarrwa and Mubali
Vennessa Poelina, Project Manager Manduwa
, Dianne Penberthy, partner Ngarrwa
, Liz Jarrett, mother and community representative Bowraville NSW and Ngarrwa
Oral presentation
www.beyondempathy.org.au/

A successful arts based intervention program relies on finding the equilibrium between intention (idea), community or target group, action (delivery) and funding. BE's National Families and Parenting Strategy exemplifies the pathway to success possible when these disparate threads are woven together to form a strong fabric, on which further growth can be built leading to independent sustainability.

Brett McDonnell Brett McDonnell Manager, Frontyard Youth Services, Melbourne Citymission
Victoria, Australia
Mobile Home Co-presenter: Kerry Montero
Oral presentation
www.frontyard.org

'Mobile Home' is a photographic arts project with homeless and marginalised young people in the Melbourne CBD which features the mobile phone as both subject and creative medium for the young participants to record and express their lives. Through involvement in the project the young people experienced improved well-being, with increased confidence,enhanced self-image, and social connectedness.

Rosa Maria McManamey Rosa Maria McManamey Research Associate, University Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Tasmania, Australia
Filmmaking as research: One Minus One
Oral presentation
www.frontyard.org

Using film and interview techniques this presentation considers the trend in female gendercide 2010 and the role of film and visual arts in addressing major humanitarian issues.

Karin Mackay Karin Mackay University of Western Sydney
NSW, Australia
Making Connections Through Art: A Spiritual Perspective Oral presentation

Inner Life Spirituality, which views interior life as the source of spiritual experience, including human potential ethic and new ways of seeking a spiritual path, has been criticized as a narcissistic consumerist fantasy of the good life. Findings suggest that contrary to consumerist theories, the making of art using a Life Essence Spirituality perspective enabled a creative agency and communicative action strategy whic h both challenged dominant cultural conceptions of societal roles and helped women cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Jemma Mead Jemma Mead Youth Team Leader, Merri Community Health Services, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Y-GLAM Performing Arts Project for same sex attracted and transgender young people Workshop
www.mchs.org.au

Y-GLAM is a performing arts project of Merri Community Health Services and is for same sex attracted and transgender young (SSATY) people aged 14 to 25. This workshop, presented by the project team and participants, will explore the project history, aims, objectives, framework, challenges and outcomes and how engaging in cultural activity has impacted on the health and well-being of SSATY.

Nicole Mengel Nicole Mengel Primary School Teacher and ANU Music Education Program
ACT, Australia
Reaching Out to Others - The Power of Singing Workshop
music.anu.edu.au/open-school-music/music-education-program-mep

This workshop will outline the ANU Music Education Program's (MEP) simple, yet powerful philosophy and the impact that shared, social music- making has on promoting well-being, encouraging participation and developing musical skills and knowledge in our communities.

Lucia Miceli Lucia Miceli Manager, Communication Design, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Using collaborative design approaches to increase sexual health knowledge in the injecting drug user population. Co-presenter: Dylan Davis
Oral presentation
www.dulwichcentre.com.au/explorations-2009-1-liz-caddy.pdf

Increases in STIs among injecting drug users under 25 have been identified among health professionals. To address this increase The Living Room and Design Centre, Swinburne University decided to utilise a co-design approach to develop a targeted information campaign. Target audience participants and young design students worked together in creative workshops to conceptualise and design a highly relevant, user-friendly educational package.

Christina Mills Christina Mills Health Promotion Evaluation Unit, The University of Western Australia, Perth
WA, Australia
Defining arts engagement - The first step in understanding the arts and health causal pathway Oral presentation

The impetus for this study is that the arts/health debate is hampered by poor definitions of arts engagement. Properly defining arts engagement is the first step in understanding the Arts/Health causal pathway. This presentation will discuss study findings of an online survey of Arts and Arts/Health experts regarding the concept of arts engagement.

Kerry Montero Kerry MonteroLecturer, Youth Work, RMIT University, Melbourne/> Victoria, Australia
Mobile Home Co-presenter: Brett McDonnell
Oral Presentation

'Mobile Home' is a photographic arts project with homeless and marginalised young people in the Melbourne CBD which features the mobile phone as both subject and creative medium for the young participants to record and express their lives. Through involvement in the project the young people experienced improved well-being, with increased confidence, enhanced self-image, and social connectedness.

Vivienne Mountain Vivienne MountainCounsellor, Experiential and Creative Arts Therapist, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Being with children through the hard times- death, divorce and trauma Workshop

The use of play and art therapy with children can be recognised as a "safe" therapeutic intervention in times of loss grief or trauma. Using the "primary language" of play in a supportive relationship with the therapist, children can disclose aspects of experience that are ready to be accepted and understood. This presentation is interactive, theory and case study are explored and linked to participants own childhood memories.

David Munro David Munro Head Physiotherapist, National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Injury Patterns and Injury Rates amongst students and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) Co-presenters: Ms Penny Dayan
Oral presentation
www.nica.com.au

This abstract details the incidence of injury across the 56 full-time students currently enrolled at NICA. It describes the most commonly affected body parts, number of follow-up visits required, patterns of injury based on gender and most common apparatus/specialty contributing to injury.

Allan Murphy Allan Murphy Health Promotion Leader, Ballarat Community Health
Victoria, Australia
Drama based health education: schools and agencies building student resilience Co-presenters: Meghan Casey, University of Ballarat; Amanda Mooney, University of Ballarat; Warren Payne, University of Ballarat
Oral presentation
www.bchc.org.au

Ballarat Community Health deliver health education within secondary schools. The Skits program supports schools to prepare young people to make decisions about alcohol use and sexual health through drama. An evaluation was undertaken by the University of Ballarat, which found the program had a high level of audience engagement and was an effective and age-appropriate interactive medium to educate young people on alcohol and sex.

Peta Murray Peta Murray Co-Founder, Writer, Consultant - The GroundSwell Project
NSW, Australia
Rain-dancing for beginners: connecting the MND experience to young people through the arts Co-presenters: Kerrie Noonan
Oral presentation
www.thegroundswellproject.com

The GroundSwell Project is a not-for-profit organisation based in NSW. Our presentation will give an account of a recent health promotion project with a class of Year 11 drama students at Penrith High School and the development of a performance, its outcomes using video, photos and quotes from participants.

Mandy Nolan Mandy Nolan Stand-up comedian, Lismore
NSW, Australia
Stand up for dementia: Performance, improvisation and stand up comedy as therapy for people with dementia; a qualitative study Co-presenter: John Stevens, Southern Cross University
Oral presentation

This presentation describes a program of stand up comedy and improvisation workshops leading to performance with people who have early stage dementia. The evaluation of this program revealed participants appeared to show improvements in memory, learning, sociability and self esteem as well as having a fun time.

Kerrie Noonan Kerrie Noonan Psychologist and Founder, The GroundSwell Project
NSW, Australia
Rain-dancing for beginners: connecting the MND experience to young people through the arts Co-presenters: Peta Murray
Oral presentation
www.thegroundswellproject.com

The GroundSwell Project is a not-for-profit organisation based in NSW. Our presentation will give an account of a recent health promotion project with a class of Year 11 drama students at Penrith High School and the development of a performance, its outcomes using video, photos and quotes from participants.

Emma O'Brien Emma O'Brien Music Therapist, Composer and Performer, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Victoria, Australia
Health Musicians - Who are they? Focus group research into their roles Co-presenters: Nic Synot
Oral presentation
mh.org.au

This research paper presents themes from a focus group with four regular health musicians under quality assurance in a large public adult hospital. Themes that arose include role perception, coping strategies, the personal impact of the experience, and their perceptions of music therapy.

Guided Song writing Workshop Workshop

Guided song writing is a well established method formulated by Emma O'Brien in her clinical practice creating original songs with a mix of clients.The workshop will be a hands on exploration of the method. Particpants will learn how to and also experience the method creating a group song.

Tricia O'Hara Tricia O'Hara Manager, Loddon Mallee Palliative Care Consortium
Victoria, Australia
Story-Telling/Story-Listening Workshop: Unlocking Resilience Workshop

A story-telling/story-listening workshop unlocks a story in a fun and creative way. Working with death, dying and bereavement challenges us to develop survival strategies-resilience is one such strategy. The drama techniques used in this workshop gives us a glimpse of a vision of the universe, it assists to internalize the experience, reflect upon it and put it into words.

Barbara Parker Barbara Parker Research Fellow, Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing, AIPC, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Evaluation of the Creative Ways to Care: Strategies for Carers of People Living with Dementia program Co-presenters: Alison Wright, CRCC Southern Region; Julie Statkus, Latrobe Community Health Service
Oral presentation

The Creative Ways to Care (CWTC) program provides family carers of people with dementia with the knowledge, skills, resources and confidence to improve the quality of everyday life for the person they care for and themselves. Techniques include: Reminiscence, Sensory Stimulation and Soothing, Music, and Creative Arts. The multimedia training resource includes a DVD and Training manual. The presentation will outline the implications of the results of the recent evaluation of CWTC for further program development.

Deborah Pearson Deborah Pearson Group Manager Learning and Organisational Development, St John of God Health Care
WA, Australia
Evaluation of the Creative Ways to Care: Strategies for Carers of People Living with Dementia program Oral presentation

This paper demonstrates St John of God Health Care's multi-faceted and concerted commitment to the holistic use of arts in healing by:

  • Creating healing environments via architecture and art
  • Using art therapies to support healing and foster artistic ability;
  • Sponsoring arts organisations that support health outcomes, particularly for young people and those experiencing disadvantage; and
  • Partnering with the Australia Business Arts Foundation to provide leadership development opportunities and support community arts organisations.
Christine Phillips Christine Phillips Associate Professor in Social Foundations of Medicine at the ANU Medical School
ACT, Australia
Creating Cartoon Images to Support Medical Education Material
Oral presentation

We describe the processes of creating cartoon images that address sociological issues and that can be used in support of lectures to medical students. Results will be presented in terms of key lessons learned during the process of brainstorming and creating images, drafting images and final products, experiences of applying the images to lecture material for the medical students, and measures of success

Georgia Pike Georgia Pike ANU Music Education Program, Australian National University, Canberra
ACT, Australia
Can we sing Rubber Duckie?: Documenting the impact of a new socio-therapeutic model for music making on boys and young men. Co-presenters: Dr Susan West
Oral presentation

This paper reports on an innovative approach to music in education that focuses on the therapeutic effects of shared singing. It studies the perspective of a mixed group of boys helping each other, and those in the community, to make music for well being. The evaluation model uses a range of media to document and analyse participants' and observers' reactions.

Michele Prentice Michele Prentice Co-ordinator, Mater Newborn Placestories, Mater Mothers' Hospitals, Brisbane.
Queensland, Australia
Mater Newborn Placestories: Digital Storytelling for Families experienc ing Neonatal Intensive Care. Oral presentation
www.maternewborn.com

Mater-newborn Placestories is a web-based database of stories which is accessible via website or "touchscreen" interfaces. Patients and families are encouraged to create stories of their experiences to help others and derive personal benefit from archiving the stories in the Mater Mothers' Hospitals' "community" of experiences.

Sherryn Prinzi Sherryn Prinzi Service Integration and Coordination Program Development Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council
Victoria, Australia
Thou Art Mums Oral presentation

Thou Art Mums are a community based group who have developed a network of support and skill development through a common interest in art. They have one membership criteria- must be a mother. The result of collaboration between members has been uplifting.

Ripple Effect - Lobotomize Neal Price Queensland Arts and Health Consortium
QLD, Australia
The Ripple Effect - An Arts and Health Project Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Scotia Monkivitch

With the assistance of the Q150, Australia Council Community Partnerships and Queensland Gaming Community Benefit fund and Q150, the Queensland Arts and Health Consortium has developed a mental health digital media project to highlight the contribution that Artists with a lived experience of mental illness and recovery can make to our understanding of community well-being and mental health.

Christine Putland Christine Putland Consultant specialising in planning, analysis and evaluation, Southgate Institute for Health Society and Equity (Flinders University)
South Australia, Australia
Evidence-based policy: the case of the Glenside Arts and Health Opportunity Study Oral presentation

As part of South Australia's reform of its mental health services, the Glenside Hospital Campus in Adelaide is undergoing redevelopment, incorporating an arts and cultural precinct. An Arts and Health Opportunity Study for the site is the focus for an exploration of how an 'interactive model' of evidence-based policy development admits the interdisciplinary nature of Arts and Health practice.

Kym Rae Kym Rae University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia
Gomeroi gaaynggal: a creative start to health, a healthy start to life Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Andrea Bruno, Loretta Weatherall
www.andreabrunoartstudio.com.au

This presentation will discuss images from our successful "Gomeroi gaaynggal" exhibition, the program and how our team is working on evaluating our successes and failures.

Crossing the bridge, step by step, day by day

This presentation explores What prepares a non aboriginal artist for the role she must assume as an art coordinator of an ArtsHealth program with indigenous mothers?

Beth Rankin Beth Rankin Project Research Officer, Equity and Diversity Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne
VIC, Australia
Enjoying Creative Health in Tertiary Academic Environments
Workshop
Co-Authors: Dr Jean Rumbold, Theresa Van Lith, Mary Lou Bailey

this workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore how the arts can be applied in inspiring and extending thinking and developing knowledge in a postgraduate setting.

Julie Regan Julie Regan Manager, Creative Coaching Options
NSW, Australia
Creativity and Wellbeing: Coaching the Artists Within Workshop
www.creativecoachingoptions.com.au

In the 21st century creativity is seen to play an ever-increasing important role in our lives. The aim of the paper/workshop is to outline a range of coaching activities designed to assist people to discover and explore their creative side, to bring balance and meaning to their lives with the ultimate aim of leading flourishing lives.

Chris Reynolds Chris Reynolds Acting Manager, Neami Splash Art Studio, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Arts Based Practice and Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) Co-presenter: Helen Crawford
Oral presentation
www.neami.org.au

For 15 years Neami has run visual arts programs focused on recovery. Neami Ltd is a national non-government mental health organisation. Helen and Chris will illuminate the principals of Neami's arts based practice model. The model has now been adapted from the original program at Splash Art Studio in Melbourne to the different contexts in South Australia.

Jim Rimmer Jim Rimmer Senior Project Officer: Social Connection, the Arts and New Media, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Building Health through Arts and New Media: VicHealth Learnings, Tools and Resources to Make It Happen
Workshop

This workshop will focus on VicHealth's recent activities including the Localities Enhancing Arts Participation (LEAP) partnership with local governments; promoting diversity through the arts with Arts about Us; the Technology, Arts and Social Connection (TASC) Scheme, and the importance of building partnerships across diverse sectors, such as between arts and health, including the tools and resources required to accomplish this.

Priscilla Robinson Priscilla Robinson Senior Lecturer, School of public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
What 1039 photographs tell us about Health of Melbournians Co-presenter: Beth Rankin
Oral presentation

This paper will demonstrate how three public health professionals used visual ethnography and 'embodied knowing' as methods of interpreting the public health meaning from 1039 photographs taken over a ten day period of an exhibition of Odd Socks, a community art installation in the Melbourne 2007. Three years on, the public health messages remain clear and the photographs provide rich analytical material.

Carolyn Rickett Carolyn Rickett Senior Lecturer in Communication, Avondale College, Sydney
NSW, Australia
Singing of bodies changed into shapes of a different kind; metaphor and transformation in cancer patients. Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Associate Professor Jill Gordon

This paper explores the use of metaphor in poem making as a therapeutic intervention for people who have experienced a life-threatening illness. We will discuss two case studies involving participants in the New Leaves creative writing project. Our project examined the impact on well-being of artistic writing for people who had undergone treatment for cancer.

Beck Ronkson Theatre Director, Performer and Community Cultural Development (CCD) Artsworker
Melbourne, Australia
Milk Crate Theatre: The transformative power of a live performance Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Kathryn Di Nicola

Milk Crate Theatre is a theatre company working with people who are homeless and disadvantaged to enhance lives, build connections and create original and engaging theatre works. This paper describes the Theatre's partnerships with welfare services, community engagement efforts, workshop programs and theatre productions, and the results of a small qualitative research study into the Theatre's workshops for homeless women.

Therese RileyTherese RileyResearch Fellow and VicHealth Research Leader (Social Connection), Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Evidence in arts and health promotion: heuristic friend or powerful foe? Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Lachlan MacDowall, Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Faculty of the VCA and Music, University of Melbourne and Gemma Carey, Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of population Health, University of Melbourne

This paper reviews health promotion and arts and health literature and asks 'what are the conditions upon which the arts and health sector can have a meaningful engagement with the notion of 'evidence'. We propose a set of engagement principles designed to set the groundwork for a critical appraisal of the notion of evidence in arts and health promotion.

Jean Rumbold Dr Jean Rumbold School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne
VIC, Australia
Enjoying Creative Health in Tertiary Academic Environments
Workshop
Co-Authors: Beth Rankin, Theresa Van Lith, Mary Lou Bailey

this workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore how the arts can be applied in inspiring and extending thinking and developing knowledge in a postgraduate setting.

Mary-Anne Rushford Mary-Anne Rushford Nurse, Royal District Nursing Service Homeless Persons Program, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Where the Heart is...Community Festival Oral presentation
www.rdns.com.au

Where the Heart is.........Community Festival is an annual event where the homeless community is central to its ownership. Forty agencies and 220 volunteers involved in the festival breathe life into the concept of sustainable community partnerships. An innovative evaluation has resulted in a DVD that examines the outcomes from 6 years of festival activities. The DVD shares the learnings and provides a useful tool for other community groups.

Philip Samartzis Philip Samartzis Senior Lecturer, School of Art, RMIT University
Victoria, Australia
Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing: A multi-disciplinary collaboration between researchers and clinicians in emergency medicine, sound and art Co-presenter: Keely Macarow, Tracey Weiland
Oral presentation

'Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing' is a three-year interdisciplinary project funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. This presentation outlines the project background, collaborative process, clinical trial and sound design methodologies, and the results of the three-phase study. Extracts of the sound compositions used in the clinical trial will be presented and discussed in the context of the collaboration.

Graham Sattler Graham Sattler Director, Orange Regional Conservatorium, Orange
NSW, Australia
Spatial validity: The impact of location on wellbeing and identity; as experienced by mental health community members involved in an ongoing music program. Oral presentation

This paper discusses observations of a performance-based group music program, operating as part of an Arts, Health and Wellbeing partnership between a Regional Conservatorium and a public Mental Health facility in NSW. The researcher investigates the range of meanings that location has to participants, the institution, its staff, Conservatorium staff, and the broader community.

Jenni Savigny Jenni Savigny Community Artist, Mental Illness Education ACT, Canberra
ACT, Australia
Moving Minds Workshop
www.mieact.org.au

This workshop will screen a selection of the Moving Minds collection of digital stories - short films made by people living with mental illness. They are the latest arts project of Mental Illness Education ACT, which works to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people living with mental illness, promote mental health literacy and early intervention. Discussion to follow.

Megan Shiell Megan Shiell Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association
NSW, Australia
Art Psychotherapy,Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Borderline Personality Disorder Workshop
www.anzata.org

In this presentation I will share with you some o f my work using Art Psychotherapy to enhance the learning of some of the skills of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I will concentrate on the development of a program that can give a short term intervention of a 3 week skills based program using Mindfulness practice, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. We will see examples of how imagery can assist in learning these skills and an experiential section of the presentation will enable participants to gain a personal insight into the value of art psychotherapy in this kind of intervention.

Alison Short Dr Alison Short Research Fellow, Centre for Clinical Governance Research in Health, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney and Visiting Fellow, Centre for Health Stewardship, Australian National University, Canberra
NSW, Australia
Auditory environment and public health: Connecting noise and music with chronic disease self-management

Lifestyle activities for chronic disease self-management include promotion of exercise, effectively achieved within gyms. Reduced uptake by over-50s may relate to the auditory environment in gyms. This paper reports on measurements of noise, exploration of music used and consumer experiences of using gyms with a view to understanding and enhancing chronic disease self-management.

Lynda Smith Lynda Smith Health Promotion Office, Portland District Health, Portland
Victoria, Australia
Deadly Teeth Oral presentation

An Arts and Health Partnership project between Portland District Health Health Promotion Unit, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation and Dental Health Services Victoria. A collaborative approach to produce Indigenous specific oral health resources for children and Family, with the intention to distribute throughout the state of Victoria.

Karen Sorensen Karen Sorensen Co-ordinator, Mental Health Programs, Southern General Practice Network, Moruya
NSW, Australia
Journeys of Grief - creatively expressing a difficult experience Oral presentation
www.sgpn.com

This paper will illustrate the development of a community art exhibition entitled "Journeys of Grief." Sometimes there is no language for the experience of Grief. Man has used music, prose, rituals and art to explore the depth of feelings associated with mourning. We invited community members to develop or exhibit artwork related to their grief experience. It was hoped that not only would the exhibitors get the opportunity to express their feelings creatively but it may also help guide and inspire others who have or are experiencing a similar loss.

Efterpi Soropis Efterpi Soropis
Victoria, Australia
Human Rooms Oral presentation
www.humanrooms.com

Human Rooms™ has permanently installed the "Disambiguation Room" into McCulloch House, Monash Medical Centre. The presentation will focus on the psychological impact of the immersive environment on patients and the impact on the nursing/medical framework.

Lyn Spence Lyn Spence Care Service Development Manager, St Vincent's Hospital
Brisbane, Australia
Moving forward Looking back Co-presenter: Elisa Knowlman
Oral presentation

In the early 1970s John Coburn created a piece of artwork called "Autumn", inspired by the AD Hope poem "Ode on the Death of Pius XII". It wouldn't have been possible then to predict the far reaching influence that the painting would have on a community of people dedicated to the care of the poor and dying. The Architect and the Care Services Development Manager of St Vincent's Hospital in Brisbane describe how this painting became a metaphor for the renewal of the health service.

Julie Statkus Julie Statkus Latrobe Community Health Service, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Evaluation of the Creative Ways to Care:Strategies for Carers of People Living with Dementia program Co-presenters: Alison Wright, Program Manager, Aged Services, CCRC Southern Region; Barbara Parker, Research Fellow, Lincoln Centre for Research on Ageing, AIPC, Latrobe University
Oral presentation

The Creative Ways to Care (CWTC) program provides family carers of people with dementia with the knowledge, skills, resources and confidence to improve the quality of everyday life for the person they care for and themselves. Techniques include: Reminiscence, Sensory Stimulation and Soothing, Music, and Creative Arts. The multimedia training resource includes a DVD and Training manual. The presentation will outline the implications of the results of the recent evaluation of CWTC for further program development.

Dr John Stevens Dr John Stevens Director of Post Graduate Health Education and Development, School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University
NSW, Australia
Stand up for dementia: Performance, improvisation and stand up comedy as therapy for people with dementia; a qualitative study Co-presenter: Mandy Nolan
Oral presentation

This presentation describes a program of stand up comedy and improvisation workshops leading to performance with people who have early stage dementia. The evaluation of this program revealed participants appeared to show improvements in memory, learning, sociability and self esteem as well as having a fun time.

Sue Strano Susan Strano Manager, Creative Communities, Regional Arts Victoria
Victoria, Australia
Illuminated By Fire - Fire, Art and Resilience. An arts projects in progress Co-presenters: Lindy Allen, Donna Jackson Malcolm McKinnon
Oral presentation

Illuminated by Fire is an arts project about the places we care about, the story and role of fire within those places and the resilience of communities. The project works with 11 regional communities to share stories, increase understanding and create astonishing art that reflects a range of perspectives of the role of fire in our communities.

At The Coalface - Role of the Arts in bushfire recovery Co-presenters: Bruce Esplin, Verity Higgins, Marilyn Gourley
Oral presentation

Following the Victorian fires in 2009, the arts played a key role in delivering support to artists and communities and has been instrumental in the recovery process. RAV's At The Coalface is a documentary film by Verity Higgins and David Brown of the work by Marilyn Gourley and impact of arts projects in these communities.

Glenda Strong Glenda Strong Royal Children's Hospital Education Institute
Victoria, Australia
New hospital, new opportunities: The place of the arts in a ChARTer for Children's Learning Co-presenters: Julie Green
Oral presentation
www.rch.org.au/education

This paper describes the development of an evidence-based Charter for Children's Learning at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. A key characteristic of the Charter is to strengthen the capacity of a hospital to keep children engaged with imagining, exploring and creating art in a dynamic and acute care setting where learning remains an important dimension to children's health and wellbeing.

Michael Koon Boon Tan Michael Koon Boon Tan Assistant Professor (Visual Communications and Foundation),School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University
Singapore
Arts in Healthcare: A Singapore Survey Oral presentation

This introductory paper endeavors to collate and provide an overview on the state of Arts in Healthcare development in Singapore. Its findings shall (i) serve as an indicator for the potential of arts in healthcare development in Singapore, (ii) provide a gauge for professionals and practitioners to consider future trajectories to advance work in the field and (iii) promote exchange with international colleagues.

Kerry Smith-Taughkin Kerry Smith-TaughkinVisual Artist, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Invisible to Valuable Oral presentation

Invisible to Valuable is a Sculptural Project inspiring people to connect with the elderly through a process of covering "life-size elderly statues" in positive, written affirmations and memorabilia. These statues honor the contribution the elderly have made and stand individually and en masse, as a statement about pro-aging and the values that support us in good times and adversity.

Leigh Tesch Leigh Tesch Regional Arts Development Officer, Tasmanian Regional Arts and Researcher Development Program, Primary Health Care Research and Evaluation and Development Unit (PHCRED), Menzies Research Institute, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Tasmania, Australia
How do we evaluate arts impact on health? Oral presentation

This paper will present findings from a review of evaluation processes used in arts and health programs and projects. Published projects across a range of population groups and settings were reviewed. Information about these projects' evaluation planning, design, tools and data collection methods were collected and analysed to consider trends and common themes. Insights from the review will be discussed.

Dawn Thirlaway Dawn ThirlawayCeramic Artist and volunteer Palliative Care and Cancer Care Unit, Lismore
NSW, Australia
Going with the Flow - Researching my Recovery Oral presentation

In this paper I will outline how a creative arts research project, which focused on a critical period in my life, allowed me to tell my personal story of healing and recovery from cancer. This period of time became a turning point for me and a new way of living in this world.

Kristina Tito Kristina Tito Ceramic Teacher, Macquarie Hospital and Gallery Manager, Insideout Gallery, Sydney
NSW, Australia
A Comparative Look at the Role Art Plays in Steps to Wellbeing from Two Different Supported Studios Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Anne Kwasner and Natalie McCarthy

This paper discusses the varying differences and similarities that are found in two supported visual art studios one funded by NSW health the other a community based supported art studio project that receives funding from differing sources, other than health. It focuses on wellbeing as the product of social inclusion, community development and personal identity of being, an artist.

Deborah Treherne Deborah Treherne Dementia Educator Leisure and Lifestyle, Alzheimer's Australia SA, Glenside
SA, Australia
Colour My World Oral presentation
www.alzheimers.org.au

Through the very popular Colour My World workshops, Alzheimer's Australia SA is proud to be able to support other Service Providers to offer programs that keep people with dementia positively engaged in the world whilst providing them with an opportunity to express their emotions through creativity in whatever form it may be expressed.

Carolyn Van Dort Carolyn Van Dort Music Psychotherapist (specialist in Guided Imagery and Music)
Victoria, Australia
The Harmony of Being: Music Based Mindfulness Workshop
www.musicpsychotherapy.com.au

The Harmony of Being: Music Based Mindfulness Music Based Mindfulness [MBM] is the individual awareness that emerges through being attentive, in the present moment, to responses evoked by music. This session includes MBM experiences and case material from community based groups and drug and alcohol outpatient groups.

Theresa Van Lith Theresa Van Lith PhD Candidate, La Trobe University, School of Public Health, Melbourne
Victoria Australia
Art making and mental health recovery: Staff and consumer experiences Co-presenters: Patricia Fenner, Margot Schofield
Oral presentation

Consumers and art facilitators in community mental health settings recognise and value art making as supportive to the mental health recovery process, but until recently this claim has been primarily substantiated anecdotally. This presentation will discuss the findings from a recent study that explored the relationship between the art making and mental health recovery from consumer and art facilitator perspectives.

Enjoying Creative Health in Tertiary Academic Environments Co-presenters: Mary Lou Bailey, Jean Rumbold, Beth Rankin,
Workshop

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore how the arts can be applied in inspiring and extending thinking and developing knowledge in a postgraduate setting.

Suzanne Ruth Vesty Suzanne Ruth Vesty Director, Spark Studio (Panacea Arts Charitable Trust), Auckland
New Zealand
A Dynamic Practice Oral presentation
www.sparkstudio.org.nz

Spark Studio is a creative space for adult artists of diverse abilities. Spark specialises in integrating art making methodologies with person centred group process; themes of self identity and personal narrative provide subject matter for creative inquiry. In this presentation two pilot programmes will be focused upon: art therapy for the stroke affected; and trialling an all inclusive studio environment - artists participate in a teaching programme in portraiture, exhibition and public forum.

Freda Vrantsidis Freda Vrantsidis National Ageing Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia
Development and Evaluation of a Healthy Ageing Quiz Oral presentation
www.nari.unimelb.edu.au

A Healthy Ageing Quiz was developed by the National Ageing Research Institute to help older people, and people approaching older age, identify what changes they can make to their lifestyle choices to help them age well. The quiz is fun to complete, has good convergent and divergent validity and test-retest reliability and can be downloaded from the NARI website.

Eve Warren Eve Warren Alzheimer's Australia
ACT, Australia
Caring for Carers Through the Creative ArtsWorkshop

This workshop will be interactive; participants through the use of their active imagination will be guided into the mindset of a stressed carer of a family member with a diagnosis of mid stage dementia. Participants will subsequently have the chance to actively reconnect with their own sources of strength and wisdom through a labyrinth experience, using the mediums of drawing and Haiku poetry.

Dr Tracey Weiland Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, Emergency Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing: A multi-disciplinary collaboration between researchers and clinicians in emergency medicine, sound and art Co-presenters: Dr Keely Macarow, Dr Philip Samartzis
Oral presentation

'Designing Sound for Health and Wellbeing' is a three-year interdisciplinary project funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. This presentation outlines the project background, collaborative process, clinical trial and sound design methodologies, and the results of the three-phase study. Extracts of the sound compositions used in the clinical trial will be presented and discussed in the context of the collaboration.

Loretta Weatherall Loretta Weatherall University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia
Gomeroi gaaynggal: a creative start to health, a healthy start to life Oral presentation
Co-presenters: Andrea Bruno, Kym Rae
www.andreabrunoartstudio.com.au

This presentation will discuss images from our successful "Gomeroi gaaynggal" exhibition, the program and how our team is working on evaluating our successes and failures.

Crossing the bridge, step by step, day by day

This presentation explores What prepares a non aboriginal artist for the role she must assume as an art coordinator of an ArtsHealth program with indigenous mothers?

Cecilia White Cecilia WhiteCo-ordinator and Developer, Wellness@UoN program, University of Newcastle
NSW, Australia
Creative Wellness and Problem Solving: beads, books and balance
Oral presentation
www.newcastle.edu.au/wellness

Workplace stress seems commonplace and can have significant personal and professional impacts. At the University of Newcastle staff wellbeing is a priority and the Wellness@UoN program, begun in 2008 aims to develop lives that work well in many ways. Creativity is encouraged and two workshops, one using beading, one developing journal writing skills, have recently focused on problem solving, self-esteem and interpersonal contact. Staff attending have reported important positive physical, mental and social benefits from these workshops.

Terry Whitebeach Terry WhitebeachSouthwest Community House
Tasmania, Australia
The Efficacy of True Story: collaborative life writing & meaning making
Oral presentation

Through descriptions of collaborative writing projects undertaken with the author's adult children, with school students and with senior community members, this paper illustrates the role life-writing and personal story telling may play in the maintenance of physical and emotional health and well-being, and in recovery from trauma.

Maggie Wilson Maggie Wilson Mater CYMHS
QLD, Australia
My Parent Trail First Aid Safety Box Poster

This is a snap shot of one of the "Parent Trail": Group sessions "My Parent Trail First Aid Kit". We will create individual family "Parent Trail First Aid Kits" The Parent Trail is a creative arts group for parents living with mental illness and has been developed in collaboration between the KOPMI project Mater CYMHS and Kyabra Neighbourhood Centre Runcorn Brisbane.

Peter Wright Peter Wright Senior Lecturer-Arts Education and Research Methods, Academic Chair, Research and Postgraduate Studies, School of Education, Murdoch University, Murdoch
WA, Australia
Young men, fast cars, and Arts Education. A match made in heaven? Oral presentation

This paper describes a creative project where young men where engaged to both inquire into and represent experiences of road trauma and car culture. Participatory arts practices provided both the foundation for the project and the means by which individual expression and identity development were strengthened.

Genevieve Yates Genevieve Yates General Practitioner and Medical Educator, CSQTC, Sunshine Coast and playwright, film-maker, actor and musician
Queensland, Australia
What Would the Coroner Think?: A short film as a versatile teaching tool Workshop

What Would the Coroner Think? is a 22 minute film designed to be used as a teaching tool to initiate discussion on a broad range of themes relevant to GP training. The film will be shown and then followed by facilitated discussion on the use of this film in particular, and film in general, in medical education.

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