Health and the Arts resources and contacts

Resources and examples are provided to inform and inspire excellence in partnerships, health and the Arts practice and programs, and the pursuit of evaluation and research.

The following contacts in NSW Local Health Districts and Health Networks can be contacted for information about local Health and the Arts projects.

Contact (Ministry of Health) for general advice about Health and the Arts policy.

OrganisationNamePosition TitleEmail

Central Coast Local Health District

Fiona Wilkinson

Manager, Central Coast Local Health District Redevelopment


Far West Local Health District

Mary Leehane

Volunteer Manager


Hunter New England Local Health District

Lauren Cruz

Director, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement


Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Jessica De Angelis

Director, Corporate Strategy & Governance


Mid North Coast Local Health District

Vanessa Edwards

A/Manager, Executive Support and Strategic Services


Murrumbidgee Local Health District

Jill Reyment

Project Coordinator, Organisational Effectiveness Unit


Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Kym Scanlon

Director of Planning


Northern NSW Local Health District

Jillian Adams

Manager of Health Promotion


Northern Sydney Local Health District

Lisa Mullins

Senior Communications Officer


South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Trish Wills

Redevelopment Manager: Capital Redesign


South Western Sydney Local Health District

Josephine Chow

Director, Innovation and Special Projects


Southern NSW Local Health District

Tony Robben

A/Executive Director, Clinical Governance


Sydney Local Health District

Kate McBride

Executive Director


Western NSW Local Health District

Meg Simpson

Mental Health & Drug and Alcohol Service Design Project manager


Western Sydney Local Health District

Mathew Nott

Director, Corporate Communications


Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Gilly Paxton

Director, Community Relations and Marketing


Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

Tracey Flanagan

Health Reform & Policy Analyst


St Vincent's Health Network

Katarina Cvitkovic

Executive Manager, Chief Medical Officer / Clinical Governance Unit (Chair of Art Committee)


  • Accessible Arts, the peak arts and disability organisation across NSW, provides practical checklists and information sheets for arts and cultural organisations to help build access and new audiences..
  • Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for Australians living with dementia. It offers a range of innovative national dementia programs and services providing information, support, counselling, training and education to people with dementia, their families and carers, as well as to professionals working in the dementia field.
  • Arts Access Australia is the peak national body for arts and disability. Their website has information on Australia’s arts and disability sector, including resources, advice, reports and definitions of ‘arts and disability’ and ‘disability arts’ and ‘arts and health’. Arts Access Australia advocates for the rights of people with disability to have access to arts activities for the benefit of their health and wellbeing.
  • Arts and Health Australia is a networking and advocacy organisation and consulting agency established to enhance and improve health and wellbeing in the community through engagement in creative activities. Arts and Health Australia provides current research and strategic solutions to its clients, and hosts conferences, forums and training programs. Their website includes links to resources, research and case studies.
  • Arts Health Institute believes that The Arts enrich our lives, help humanise institutions and are vital in providing quality in care. The Institute provides national programs, education and research to bring The Arts into health and aged care environments, and uses the expertise of professional performers, artists and musicians.
  • Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre has, since 1996, integrated The Arts into the daily life of the hospital. Flinders Medical Centre is a leading health promoting hospital improving the physical and social environment for a healthier, healing culture for patients, families, visitors, staff and volunteers. Program elements include gardens, gallery spaces, public art and performances.
  • Arts OutWest is the peak arts and cultural body for the Central West of NSW. In 2008, in partnership with the Western NSW Local Health District, it launched the Bathurst Art & Health Program. Initially based at the Bathurst Health Service, it extended to include work in other centres such as Cowra and in local health settings through the Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy. It has involved local partners and stakeholders across health services and The Arts. Their website features projects including in arts and health, as well as resources and workshops.
  • Arts South Australia signed an agreement with the SA Department of Health in 2008 to encourage arts and health agencies to work together to maximise the potential of The Arts to add value to current priority health strategies.
  • Australian Creative Arts Therapies Association is a national, non-profit organisation that maintains professional standards for the practice of creative arts therapies in Australia, providing professional support and communication networks for its members. Arts therapists use creative, arts-based processes as part of their therapeutic work with clients, to facilitate self expression, communication, self awareness and personal development.
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a web based resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. This contributes to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous and other Australians. An academic unit of Edith Cowan University.
  • Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care is a not-for-profit organisation comprising patients, family members and healthcare professionals. It aims to transform the quality and safety of Australian healthcare through innovative partnerships, supportive and effective culture, and better healthcare environments using integrated art, architecture and design.
  • Cultural Development Network is an independent non-profit organisation that links communities, artists, local government and organisations to promote cultural vitality. It advocates for a stronger role for cultural expression to build a healthier, more engaged and sustainable society.

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