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Health and The Arts

Exposure to The Arts has a profoundly beneficial impact, improving health and wellbeing through enhancing the design and delivery of health services, and the accessibility and influence of health promotion, health literacy and public health messaging.

The Health and The Arts Exchange facilitates the exchange of information and ideas, and provides key resources and contacts to support NSW Health services to work in partnership with The Arts sector and community to maximise the benefits of an arts integrated NSW Health system.

This Exchange is a key element of the NSW Health and The Arts Framework, implementing recommendations of the Health and The Arts Taskforce Report, and complementing the National Arts and Health Framework and Create in NSW: NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework.

Projects

Music & Memory

Music & Memory is an accredited program that uses individual, personalised playlists on iPods to help improve the lives of people accessing healthcare. With support from the ACI and the NSW Ministry of Health, 21 sites across 10 local health districts will pilot Music & Memory in aged care, multipurpose services, palliative care, mental health services, dementia day care, trauma services and surgery. Music & Memory is an accredited program run through the Arts Health Institute.

NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW Ministry of Health and Arts Health Institute
Added: 05 July 2016 | Last updated: 05 July 2016

View this ACI project on the Excellence and Innovation in Healthcare Portal

Mali Marambir Ngurang Lachlan: To Make Better Place Lachlan

Mali Marambir Ngurang Lachlan: To Make Better Place Lachlan

Lachlan Health Service incorporated Wiradjuri language and culture into the redevelopment of Forbes and Parkes hospitals, including Wiradjuri gugaa (goanna) totem designs on the main entry doors and Wiradjuri signage throughout the hospitals.
Lachlan Health Service
Added: 13 March 2017|Last updated: 28 March 2017
Aboriginal Stories About Approaching the End of Life

Aboriginal Stories About Approaching the End of Life

A booklet was developed, which sensitively captured end of life stories from six Aboriginal patients and carers from the Shoalhaven region. The stories shared information about palliative care services, planning for end of life and how talking with loved ones about their preferences helped with healing and decision-making.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Added: 7 October 2016|Last updated: 24 October 2016
Creative Arts in Community Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Recovery

Creative Arts in Community Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Recovery

This project established four community arts programs in Port Macquarie Community College. The programs help participants with mental health and Alcohol and Other Drugs challenges rebuild their confidence and provide them with important life skills. It also reduces the stigma of mental health issues and provides participants with a sense of belonging in the communities where they live.
Port Macquarie Community College
Added: 19 October 2016|Last updated: 19 October 2016
The Many Colours of Blacktown and Mount Druitt

The Many Colours of Blacktown and Mount Druitt

The Arts and Culture Program at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals creates welcoming and safe spaces by collaborating with local artists and community groups.
Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 24 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
A Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Engagement Strategy for BreastScreen NSW

A Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Engagement Strategy for BreastScreen NSW

BreastScreen NSW engaged Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, through art workshops that allowed participants to visually express their feelings about breast screening.
Cancer Institute NSW
Added: 1 February 2016|Last updated: 15 February 2016
Singing to Health: A Choir for People with Neurological Communication Disorders

Singing to Health: A Choir for People with Neurological Communication Disorders

The War Memorial Hospital Waverley created a weekly social choir led by a volunteer music therapist, for outpatients with chronic communication impairments due to acquired and progressive neurological deficits. The choir supported the health of individuals, by building partnerships and facilitating continuity of care.
War Memorial Hospital
Added: 27 January 2016|Last updated: 10 February 2016
Intangible Storytelling Project

Intangible Storytelling Project

A multimedia project which tells the stories of inspirational carers and the vital role they play in the community.
Far West Local Health District
Added: 27 August 2015|Last updated: 10 September 2015
Move2Music

Move2Music

The project established a Move2Music program, which encouraged participants to dance and play games during a two-hour session with staff from Dareton Primary Health Centre
Dareton Primary Health Centre
Added: 8 July 2015|Last updated: 4 September 2015
Aboriginal Well-being: A Cancer Journey of Healing

Aboriginal Well-being: A Cancer Journey of Healing

'A Cancer Journey’ booklets were developed in partnership with local Aboriginal people, Mid North Coast Local Health District, the Medicare Local, Aboriginal Medical Services, North Coast Cancer Institute, Cancer Council NSW and BreastScreen NSW. The reader is navigated from reception through treatment of Radiation and Chemotherapy, using both text and photographs of the actual units. Aboriginal people within MNCLHD are true partners in the development, use and ongoing review of this educational resource....
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 13 March 2015|Last updated: 25 March 2015
Roads to Recovery

Roads to Recovery

Building an inclusive work culture from the ground up: Essentials of Care (EOC) in the new Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sutherland Hospital, NSW. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (MHRU) is a 20 bed declared facility. As a new team and unit, a great opportunity existed to build a positive work culture and practices from 'the ground up' and the staff were unified in their enthusiasm to provide recovery-oriented care and interventions. The multidisciplinary team used the Essentials of Care...
Sutherland Hospital and Community Health Service
Added: 13 December 2011|Last updated: 19 January 2015
Aboriginal Parent Program

Aboriginal Parent Program

Delivered at the La Perouse Community Health Centre, this program aims to: improve the health of young Aboriginal parents and their children, facilitate their return to educational opportunities and improve their social connectedness. The program provides a twice weekly three hour art program for young parents, an Aboriginal Early Childhood Worker to deliver support and education to parents, an Early Childhood Nurse to undertake baby checks and a Paediatric doctor to deliver health promotion talks and provide a co-located clinic....
Sydney Children's Community Health Centre
Added: 30 August 2012|Last updated: 10 October 2014
Art in Health

Art in Health

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) has worked in partnership with West Darling Arts to link Art/Humanities and Health in undergraduate health science student education through the Enhanced Rural/Remote Interprofessional Cultural Health (ENRICH) program. ENRICH was developed to meet the clinical needs of students on placement in Broken Hill through an inter-professional learning framework; however it became apparent that this program could do more for students on placement in Broken Hill. Within this context, key principles of...
Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney; West Darling Arts
Added: 16 March 2012|Last updated: 7 September 2014

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