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Arts & Health National Policy Underway

We were delighted to travel to Canberra last month to participate in the National Arts and Health Policy Forum. 

The Forum was attended by senior representatives of government arts and health agencies (including  exponents of arts and health. They included clinicians, researchers and academics, philanthropists, a number of members of the Arts and Health Working Group), and by many of Australia’s leading artists, senior health services personnel, consumer groups, Aboriginal health agencies, arts and disability organisations and community based arts and health advocates.

Those at the Forum provided advice to the Arts and Health Working Group on the possible content  and Health Policy Framework will lead to a more cohesive approach to knowledge sharing, sector and purpose of a National Arts and Health Policy Framework. They discussed how a National Arts development and increased resourcing for contemporary arts and health research and practice – with beneficial impacts on the health and wellbeing of the Australian community.The Forum bought leading artists, health professionals and policy writers together to in the nation’s capital to push for a National Arts and Health Policy.

Digital Showcase of leading arts and health practice from across the country demonstrates why it is so important to integrate the arts in Australia’s national health policy.

Read the Press Release from the forum working group.
Watch Simon Crean’s presentation
 to the Forum.
Download a copy of the National Arts and Health Policy Campaign Handbook to add your stories to this growing collection.

Written by Ewan McEoin.

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