Promise of Sustainability for Creative Arts in Adolescent Health Care

by guest author: Clinical Professor David Bennett AO In adolescent health care, we have long recognised the need to call upon the talents and creative involvement of young people in their own health care, to introduce new and exciting experiences, and to facilitate growth and change. These ideas continue to represent an important conceptual challenge for health professionals and are deserving of greater attention throughout our healthcare system. When artists enter into stimulating relationships with adolescents in hospital, working comfortably…

A Day with…Dave Evans – Health Musician

by guest author: Dave Evans My day begins with organising music charts and doing a little practice. Then some breakfast – my favourite is muesli and banana – strap the accordion to my back and then catch the tram to Royal Melbourne Hospital. It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been working as a health musician at Royal Melbourne Hospital for four years already. (Not counting the 10 months I took off to play in the theatre show, Warhorse). I meet…

Big Things Grow from Grand Ideas

When Deborah Mills took the role as The Institute’s Director Policy and Strategy in 2009, we were the new kid on the block. But we had set ourselves the goal of making the practice of arts and health more visible and lend it authority in the eyes of government. We wanted the practice to grow and help more people. Five years on, Deborah steps down after steering an advocacy process that has succeeded far beyond many people’s initial expectations. The…

The Institute Appoints New Leader as Support Grows

Today, The Institute for Creative Health has appointed its first executive leader – a widely recognised health manager and senior clinician from The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Ms Emma O’Brien (pictured). The new role of Executive Director is a position of national significance given the exciting opportunities that are developing for The Institute in the arts-health sector in the wake of official Federal and State Government endorsement last November of the National Arts and Health Framework. Ms O’Brien has been a…

Professor Ian Hickie – why The Institute is critical for bringing people together

Robyn Archer AO talks arts and health from a personal perspective.

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