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5th Annual International Arts and Health Conference, Sydney


November 12-14 will see Australia’s premier arts and health event on again, when the 5th Annual International Arts and Health Conference is held at COFA in Sydney. Regional Arts NSW has been a longstanding supporter of this event which offers three days of knowledge exchange, networking opportunities and inspiration.The conference will present best practice and innovative arts and health programs, which explores the positive impact of arts on health.

Last year, Elizabeth Rogers, CEO of RANSW was recognised with the Award for National Leadership in Health and Arts in the Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence for the project Access All Areas.


Conference Program Overview  (full conference to be released soon, check website for details.)

Tuesday 12 November 2013 at the Art Gallery of NSW
Plenary presentations by leading international and Australian authorities on Creative Ageing, supported by the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing and the NSW Office for Ageing, Department of Family and Community Services.

Wednesday 13 November 2013 at the Art Gallery of NSW
Morning plenary presentations on Arts and Health Programs and Research in Hospitals, Communities, Local Government and International Collaborations. Afternoon participatory arts based workshops in the Gallery, led by AGNSW’s Access Programs team, and supported by members of the Education teams from the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Explore art making with an ipad, take part in workshops demonstrating the use of the visual arts and poetry in programs for people with dementia, learn about Aboriginal culture, participate in education sessions for the health professions and discover the artist within through experiential art-making activities.

Thursday 14 November 2013 at COFA (College of Fine Arts)
A full day of presentations and workshops on arts and health programs, evaluation and research in primary and acute care, community health, children’s services, mental health, disability, Aboriginal communities, creative ageing, dementia care, palliative care. Closing conference celebration, with Light Rhythm Plays – Interactive sound and light instruments by Penrith Council and Illuminart.



  • Early Bird Registrations Close 24 September 2013
  • Registrations are limited to 250 delegates

To register go to:

Information: email

At a Glance: program summary


Image courtesy of Arts & Health Australia.

Front row left to right: Helen Nikolas (MonashLink Community Health Services, VIC), Cath Rutten (Nillumbik Shire Council, VIC), Sera Harris (Mission Australia, NSW), Danny McCubbin (, UK)
Middle row left to right: Margret Meagher (Arts and Health Australia), Leanne Milligan (St John of God Murdoch Hospital, WA), Deborah Treherne (Alzheimer’s Australia SA), Pamela Aldridge (Alzheimer’s Australia SA), Christine McMillan (ArtsOutwest Bathurst NSW), Molly Carlile (Awards Chair), Gary Christenson (Global Society for Arts and Health, USA)
Back row left to right: Paul Brophy (Brotherhood of St Laurence, VIC), Chris Mead (Creature Tales TAS), Elizabeth Rogers (Regional Arts NSW), Andrew Lewis (DADAA WA), Helen Corbett (Northern Health VIC)