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Have Your Say on Arts and Health - Stakeholder Engagement Workshops

Arts Upper Hunter, Arts OutWest

Stakeholder and Engagement workshops to encourage dialogue, participation and seek views on the integration of health and the arts will be held in NSW regional and metropolitan centres over the next three months.

A workshop will be held on Monday, 7 December, 2015 at the Royal Newcastle Centre Lecture Theatre John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and on Wednesday 3 February, 2016 at Orange Hospital, Orange in the Central West. (Details of all workshops here.)

The workshops are being run by the Taskforce on Health and the Arts  The taskforce established earlier this month by the NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner, includes Tracey Callinan, executive officer of Arts OutWest, the Regional Arts Board for the Central West region.

For people unable to attend the workshops, submissions can be emailed to

The taskforce is seeking the input of arts and health professionals, key organisations, patients, clients, carers, artists and the broader community from urban, rural and remote areas of the state to develop a draft framework to deliver to Minister Skinner in the new year.

Announcing the establishment of the taskforce Ms Skinner said the experience worldwide was that exposure to the arts has a profoundly beneficial impact on a patient’s recovery in hospital and wellbeing in the community.

‘Health infrastructure already incorporates the arts in the design of hospitals and health facilities, from creative spaces to installations and artworks.

‘This taskforce will explore broader ways in which art can inspire positive health outcomes in the community, from people living with dementia in nursing homes to jail inmates seeking rehabilitation or paediatric patients being inspired to explore creativity and imagination,’ Ms Skinner said.

Deputy Premier and Arts Minister Troy Grant said it was well known that arts and culture can go a long way to enhance wellbeing.

‘This taskforce will examine how we can further harness this power to deliver positive health outcomes for the community,’ Mr Grant said.

Register for the Newcastle workshop here
Register for the Orange workshop here