The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, Port Macquarie 2009
International Arts and Health Conference
Port Macquarie NSW Australia 10 - 13 November 2009
Pre-conference training and workshops 7 - 10 November 2009
The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing conference offers an unprecedented opportunity for direct access to best practice policy, programs and research in arts and health, presented by leading authorities in the world today.
Delegates will -
- Learn how the arts, professionally incorporated into healthcare strategies, can positively impact on the health and wellbeing of patients, carers, health professionals and people engaged in healthcare services.
- Explore ways to reduce the cost of healthcare while improving the environment and overall delivery of healthcare services through creative solutions.
- Discover scientific research that demonstrates the arts can both improve the quality of life for those with chronic health conditions and foster a more positive approach to lifestyle choices and ageing within the community.
- Discuss the ways in which creative engagement at museums, galleries, and other art organisations promotes physical, intellectual, and emotional wellness.
- Listen to presentations about international arts and health best practice and consider relevant applications for Australia. For example, in the United States, 52 per cent of hospitals (approximately 2,000) have arts and health programs. Of these hospitals:
- 96% of programs are designed to serve the patients directly
- 73% include permanent displays of art
- 56% of activities also include the patient’s family members
- 55% have arts activities geared for the healthcare staff
- 48% present performances in public spaces
- 36% have bedside activities
(Survey conducted by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare)
Who should attend?
- Medical and allied healthcare professionals and associations
- Government decision-makers and policy advisers in health, indigenous affairs, arts, science, education and training, community health, veterans’ affairs, tourism and local government
- Executives in public and private hospitals, retirement villages, aged care and palliative care facilities
- Arts organisations, visual and performing artists, writers, arts in healthcare practitioners
- Education authorities, academics, teachers and medical and healthcare colleges
- Researchers, particularly in the area of social sciences and healthcare
- Art and museum educators and curators
- Art therapists