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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

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: 21 April 2021
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: 21 April 2021
The Rhythm and Rhymes Adolescent/Adult Program

The Rhythm and Rhymes Adolescent/Adult Program

The Rhythm and Rhymes Adolescent/Adult Program is a 12-week hip-hop therapy program designed to engage young people with severe mental illness in a way that is enjoyable, creates a sense of purpose in their lives and helps them reconnect to themselves and others.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 23 August 2017|Last updated: 7 September 2017
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
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

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