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The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing

6th Annual International Arts and Health Conference

Pictured above: The most recent project from AHA – the Hello Koala Sculpture Trail project recently launched in Port Macquarie.


Arts and Health Australia (AHA) will continue to lead the field in the promotion of best practice programming in arts and health through its annual The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing conference from 11-13 November in Melbourne.

The 6th annual conference, to be held with major conference partners, the National Gallery of Victoria and VicHealth, media partner, Radio National, and Ausdance Vic, features national and international speakers on the benefits of enhancing and improving health and wellbeing within the community through engagement in creative activities. (

Conference streams this year include Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care; Creative Ageing and Aged Care; Community Arts and Health; Health Promotion and the Arts and Education and Training for Health and Arts Professionals.

International speakers presenting plenary sessions include:

  • Janet Morrison – CEO, Independent Age UK, Co-founder, End to Loneliness Campaign UK and Chair, The Baring Foundation, UK
  • Clive Parkinson – Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK, authority on mental health and the arts, co-lead investigator on major UK study ‘Dementia and the Imagination’
  • Helen Currier – Healthcare Professional and Leader, Arts and Health Council, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, and
  • Ann O’Connor – Arts Participation Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland.

Since it was first held in Port Macquarie in 2009, the conference has attracted delegates from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Emirates and Australia, and for the third time the National Arts Council in Singapore is sending a delegation to continue their objective of supporting the development of the arts and health field in Singapore with support from Australia.

NSW Premier, Mike Baird, recently launched the AHA Hello Koala Sculpture Trail project in Port Macquarie. The trail includes 50 colourfully painted, metre high fibreglass koalas installed in wineries, beaches, forests, zoos and cultural centres, and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of locals and tourists alike.

Full information regarding the conference, plenary speakers and presenters is available here.