This is the website for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference and an opportunity for the international exchange of information. The International Health Professional category is open to any in the world who is a Health Professional employees, a health student or working in a professional organisation or charity involved in education and training of health professional students and staff or in supporting the care of patients.
The variety of subjects and arguments at the seminar showcases research by established and emerging voices in thinking about the handmade, whose research moves encompasses both the identification of craft as a set of material-based disciplines as an expanded view of craft as a multiple, shifting concept that exists in relation to art, design and architecture.
It provides Guidelines for Designing and Managing Arts Programs in NSW Health Services and Facilities (under development), Fact Sheets , links to key Australian and international resources and provides a platform to share leading practice across NSW.
For example, in this researcher’s professional role as arts and health manager at a major hospital she programmed performing musicians to play in the hospital atrium, provided community musicians to carry out music making workshops for children in emergency departments while they wait for stressful treatment, and employed a music therapist to provide a choir for people with dementia.
Across the nation more medical schools are offering arts initiatives in the training and continuing professional development of medical practitioners toward a goal of increasingly compassionate and empathic treatment, which is proving to result in cost effectiveness and increased patient satisfaction.