Event details: Sydney Ideas
Date and time:
Monday 21 October, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)

Arts, health and healing

To transform public health, we need to think creatively.
Creative practices have transformative effects on public health. How can we embed the arts to provide better healthcare?
We are proud to have celebrated the launch of the Arts Health Network NSW/ACT at this Sydney Ideas event.
While medicine treats, it doesn’t always heal. Growing evidence is confirming what we may have known intuitively: culture is intrinsic to our health.
The Arts play a role in advancing public health because they present a new vision for healthcare — a more connected form of care that enables us to better handle pain, suffering, grief and trauma.
Creative practices — from writing to yarning, dance, music and theatre — allow individuals and communities to express and perhaps reclaim what’s been lost from treatment and prevention: spirit, language, country and culture.
In this event, we heard from internationally renowned artists and researchers including Clive Parkinson (Manchester School of Art) and Vic McEwan (The Cad Factory).

The speakers presented case studies of exemplary practice in the burgeoning field of arts in health, along with a series of provocations for policymakers, artists, health professionals and health consumers.

This event was co-presented with Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) and the Arts Health Network (NSW-ACT).