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NSW Minister for Health announces new Arts & Health Taskforce

The NSW Minister for Health, the Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, has announced the establishment of a new taskforce on health and arts, to prepare a NSW Health and Arts Framework.

Ms Skinner made the announcement in her speech at the Celebrate Creative Ageing forum at the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW organised by The Australian Centre for Arts and Health, 25- 27 August.

“I believe that much more can be achieved were we to have a more coherent framework for the integration of arts and health across NSW.

So today I am announcing  that I am establishing a Taskforce on Health and Arts  to prepare a NSW Health and Arts Framework, consistent with both the National Framework and Create in NSW . 

The Taskforce will be charged with drawing up a coherent framework for the better integration of arts and health activities across the whole of the NSW Health system.

I will expect the Framework to encourage and facilitate each of our Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks to develop local and regional initiatives, to provide a clearinghouse mechanism for the exchange of information and ideas and to provide guidelines for appropriate funding of such enterprises.

The Taskforce will include representatives of NSW Health, the NSW Ministry of the Arts and other government agencies as well as a range of independent experienced practitioners.”

Regional Arts NSW CEO, Ms Elizabeth Rogers, was present for the Minister’s announcement welcomes the establishment of the Taskforce.

 “There is a significant body of international evidence about the value of Arts and Health programs and there are a number of projects currently being undertaken in regional NSW.  The proposed Framework will provide opportunities for greater collaboration between the two sectors,” she commented.

Celebrate Creative Ageing Sydney 2015 was sponsored by NSW Health, Arts NSW, NSW Department of Family and Community Services and the Baring Foundation UK.