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8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference | The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing

The 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference: The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing will be held from 16-18 November 2016 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.

The overarching theme of the conference is “Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts”.  Three key areas of practice and research will be explored: Mental Health and Resilience, Creative Ageing, Arts and Health in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion.

The conference presents an unparalleled professional development opportunity for people interested or involved in the arts, health and creative ageing fields. Three jam packed days of presentations, workshops and networking, with an amazing group of experts from Australia and overseas who will be attending the full conference. An unprecedented chance to meet the world’s best in the field:

  • Susan Perlstein – Co-founder of the creative ageing movement and the National Center for Creative Aging in the USA; co-investigator in Dr Gene Cohen’s landmark research study exploring the impact of professionally delivered arts programs on the health and wellbeing of older people.
  • Fay Jackson – Deputy Commissioner, NSW Mental Health Commission and visual artist
  • Paul Cann – Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire and Chair of the Public Policy Panel for Age UK. Paul co-founded the highly successful Campaign to End Loneliness, is a Director of Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN). A keen singer and lover of the arts, Paul believes that the arts should be at the centre of our lives and public policy.
  • Stuart Kandell – Founder of America’s earliest performing arts center for older adults, Stagebridge (est 1978) and a leader in arts, healthcare and creative ageing training.
  • Evan Dawson – Executive Director, Live Music Now which delivers over 3,000 music sessions each year in hospitals, aged care homes, special needs schools and communities, using over 350 selected and trained musicians.
  • Kate Duncan – Creative Programme Manager, City Arts Nottingham, which develops arts opportunities that bring people together, stimulate change and create stronger, healthier communities across the lifespan.
  • Clive Parkinson – Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University, creator of the world’s foremost arts and health blog and co-lead investigator in the major Dementia and Imagination Research Study in the UK.
  • Molly Carlile AM – CEO, South East Palliative Care, Victoria and author, playwright and “Deathtalker” – presenting on arts and health programs for public hospitals, including cancer care and end of life care.
  • Kay Wilhelm AM – Professor of Psychiatry, Notre Dame University, Sydney; Director, Consultation-Liason Psychiatry, St Vincent’s Hospital; Research Director “Faces in the Street” St Vincent’s Urban Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Institute; Conjoint Professor Psychiatry, Black Dog Institute.
  • Leslie Williams MP – Member NSW Legislative Assembly; Minister Early Childhood Education; Minister Aboriginal Affairs, Assistant Minister, Education; Co-Founder, NSW Government Dementia Friendly Communities pilot program.
  • Audun Myskja – Medical Practitioner, author, musician and Advisor to the Norwegian National Resource Center for Arts and Health; specialist in music-based caregiving for older people living with dementia and Parkinson’s.
  • Denis Mamo – ‘Creative Ringmaster’ and award winning advertising and brand marketing authority, presenting on “Influencing Perceptions of Ageing”- a major challenge to combatting stigma in our ageing society.
  • Benjamin Veness – Medical Practitioner and Registrar, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and Past President, Australian Medical Students’ Association – contributing to the conference conversation around university student mental health.
  • Tracey Callinan and Christine McMillan – from Arts OutWest will co-present on its landmark Arts and Health Program in hospitals in regional NSW, managed in collaboration with Western New South Wales Local Health District (LHD) – including established programs in Bathurst and Orange Hospitals and tailored programs for new hospitals in Parkes and Forbes. Tracey and Christine will also conduct a practical workshop around designing arts and health programs in hospitals and community health services.

For further information please visit the Australian Centre for Arts and Health website.