Arts OutWest supports NSW Arts & Health Task Force
A Ministerial Taskforce on Health and the Arts has been established by New South Wales Minister of Health, Jillian Skinner, as a way of supporting the integration of the Arts into the NSW health system.
“This taskforce will explore broader ways in which art can inspire positive health outcomes in the community, from people living with dementia in nursing homes to jail inmates seeking rehabilitation or paediatric patients being inspired to explore creativity and imagination.”
Minister Skinner said that exposure to the Arts shows significant benefits in patient recovery, rehabilitation and the overall wellbeing of a community. Art and Health programs have already been implemented in the United States and Britain and this task force will determine the best way for Australia to follow suit.
The first round of public consultations were held in Sydney yesterday and engagement workshops will continue across metropolitan and regional areas over the next three months. Members of the Taskforce provide expertise in a range of fields including the arts, clinical care and infrastructure.
Executive Officer of Arts OutWest, Tracey Callinan, has been appointed as a member and attended the first workshop on Monday 30 November.
The Taskforce will determine how best to integrate the Arts into the NSW Health System in a way that is consistent with the current framework, before submitting a report to the Minister for Health in April 2016.
A workshop open the public will be held at Orange Hospital on Wednesday 3 February, 1-4pm.
For more information on the ministerial Taskforce or to find out how to have your say, visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/arts/pages/default.aspx