Call for Papers – Art of Good Health and Well Being 2016

ACAH AHA 8th Annual V3


Abstract Submissions should include:

  • Title and precis of the abstract (60 words)
  • Nomination of format – oral presentation (15 minutes + Q&A), workshop (1 hour) or poster presentation (A2 format)
  • Abstract describing the subject of the presentation (300 words)
  • Biography (300 words) with a headshot photograph of the author (jpeg)




This year, ‘The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing’ conference will continue to explore “Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts”, as the overarching theme, with three specific areas of focus:

  • Mental Health and Creativity
  • Health and the Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion
  • Creative Ageing

The establishment of the NSW Health and the Arts Taskforce last year by the NSW Minister for Health, the Hon Jillian Skinner MP, has led to an exponential increase in interest in how the arts can be utilised within healthcare settings and in health promotion.

As a result, the Australian Centre for Arts and Health (ACAH) has developed training modules for the health and the arts sectors to facilitate professional development in arts and health practice, evaluation and research.

The conference will offer special educational workshops based on these ACAH arts and health training modules in the following areas:

Health and the Arts – A Guided Workshop to inform healthcare administrators and health professionals about designing and managing a best practice arts and health program in primary and acute care, community health and health promotion

Creative Ageing: Utilising arts and health programs in retirement villages, services for older people in the community and aged care facilities

Arts and Health: The New Opportunity for Museums, Galleries and Local Artists

A Professional Training Program for Artists in Healthcare – across the visual, literary and performing arts

Evaluation and Research: How to Measure the Benefits and Outcomes of Arts and Health Programs

Conference program details, including keynote speakers, will be progressively released on this website.

Submissions will close on 31 August 2016.

For more details, contact or subscribe to the Arts and Health newsletter.

    General conference sessions will encompass:
  • Arts and Health in Primary and Acute Care
  • Creative Ageing and Aged Care
  • Community Arts and Health
  • Health Promotion and the Arts
  • Education and Training for Health and Arts Professionals
  • Arts and Health Research and Evaluation

Abstract Themes

  • Mental Health and the Arts
  • Creative Ageing
  • Architecture and Design in Health Settings
  • Arts and Health in Rural and Regional Communities
  • Medical Humanities for Health Professionals
  • International Arts and Health Perspectives, Collaborations and Research

Who should attend?

  • Medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals
  • Government decision-makers and policy advisers in health, indigenous affairs, arts, science, education and training, community health, veterans’ affairs, cultural tourism and local government
  • Executives in public and private hospitals, retirement villages, aged care and palliative care facilities
  • Representatives of arts organisations, visual and performing artists, writers, arts and health practitioners
  • Representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Local Government representatives from community cultural development, aged care and community health services
  • Education authorities, academics, teachers and medical and healthcare colleges
  • Researchers, particularly in the area of health and social sciences
  • Art and museum educators and curators
  • Art therapists (visual arts, dance, music, drama, expressive writing)
  • Media

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