The World Health Organisation has launched its first report in Arts and Health

A New Approach releases its Report on Impacts of Culture and Creativity

The World Health Organisation has released its first major report on the evidence base for arts and health interventions. The Scoping Review of the Evidence for Arts and Health Interventions is authored by Daisy Fancourt and Saoirse Finn. It appraises 3000 studies of arts and health interventions globally, but with a particular focus on the European region.

Daisy Fancourt is a behavioural scientist in the Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care at University College, London, whose research has focused on arts health interventions. She established the Arts Health Early Career Research Network, which regularly produces resources and events for practitioners as well as researchers, and she has published the practical handbook Arts In Health: Designing and researching interventions, published by Oxford University Press.

A New Approach is an independent think tank championing effective investment and return in Australian arts and culture. In partnership with the Australian Academy of the Humanities released its Insight Report 2: Transformative: Impacts of Culture and Creativity

The evidence is clear: when people have opportunities to engage in some form of cultural or creative activity, they generally have better educational outcomes, are less lonely, are healthier both physically and mentally, and enjoy a happier and healthier life in old age.

The Chapter on Health and Wellbeing cites research from Western Australian researcher Dr Christina Davies to provide a useful overview of arts and health in Australia.

We will discuss these reports in more detail in 2020 and welcome your comments and contributions!

Posted by Dr Claire Hooker
Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney
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