Our mission is to promote and develop the application of creativity and the arts for health and quality of life outcomes for all people in Australia, regardless of age, race, gender or religious or political persuasion. Physicians, psychiatrists,social scientists, researchers, academics, nurse educators,activists, dramatists and poets, visual artists, professional musicians, teachers, adult educators, social workers, mental health professionals, counselors, chaplains, therapists, students, as well as those involved in education, health policy and social change, universities,schools of education, colleges, leading medical schools, hospitals and health organizations in Canada the U.S. and internationally.
Cheryl L. McLean is a leading international contributor to the field of creative arts in interdisciplinary practice (CAIP) and founder and publisher of The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (IJCAIP) and has edited the research books Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, Creative Arts for Community and Cultural Change and Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice (Brush Education, Edmonton).
Margret is also a founding board member of The Australian Centre for Arts and Health Limited, a not-for-profit organization, established as the peak body for the arts and health sector nationally and representing Australia within the international arts and health field.
The programme, now encompassed as the National Centre for Arts and Health, has engaged in collaboration with major cultural institutions in the State, including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Irish Film Institute and various artist and ensembles.
Arts and health as a term has been adopted largely by the participatory arts community, and it is believed that this definition falls short of the large umbrella of art activities and engagements within health care that should be defined as arts and health.