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2018 Events

17 April 2018

A range of interesting events happening in 2018 that might be of interest to practitioners, artists, students and administrators working in Arts and Health.  Keep up to date with what's happening and when its on with the Institute for Creative Health.  Check out our face book page and drop by the events page on our website every so often to see what's happening.

ICH Events Web Page 

Music Interventions and Dementia Symposium 
Thursday 26 April 2018, 9am - 4pm. 
Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building
Royal Parade, Parkville 

Melbourne, will feature presentations from key national and international researchers in the field of music and dementia. Their presentations will span neurology, neuropsychology, psychology and traditional clinical music therapy to provide a comprehensive and contemporary overview of the state of research in the field.

Following the close of the proceedings, there will be an official launch of the recently funded National Health and Medical Research Council Project 'Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in the Elderly (MIDDEL)', followed by refreshments.

Northern Territory Creative Health Roadshow
11 - 16 May 2018
Darwin, Alice Springs & Tennant Creek 

The Institute for Creative Health invites you to attend our NT Creative Health Roadshow Event in Darwin. If you are interested in learning more about arts and culture and how it influences health and wellbeing - this session is for you! Medical and health professionals, artists, community development workers, students, therapists, teachers and arts managers are encouraged to attend. It is a FREE event. 

  • Find out more about the role of arts in relation to health and wellbeing and hear about creative health projects. 

  • Meet with like minded arts and medical practitioners

  • Tell us about your projects and aspirations and ask questions. 

  • Find out about the NT Creative Health Leadership Group and its plans for the future. 

National Dementia Conference 
15 - 16 May 2018
Rendez-vous Hotel, Melbourne

National Dementia Conference aims to improved the outcomes for people living with dementia and their families, caretakers and service providers. 

Now in its 9th year, the National Dementia Conference has grown to become the premier national gathering of those researching, implementing policy, advocating and caring for people with dementia. 

Agents of Change
Museums Galleries Australia National Conference
4 - 7 June 2018
Meat Market, Melbourne

Museums Galleries Australia invites you to take part in this significant national conference. Bringing together current and future leaders and decision-makers in museums, galleries and governments from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the conference will be an outstanding three-day experience for all.

The MGA2018 conference will include a full program of speakers, workshops, masterclasses, social activities and extended tours, with multiple opportunities for interaction between delegates and sponsors and for showcasing products and services. 

Creating Compassionate Communities 
Building Death Literacy Conference 
7 & 8 June 2018
Figtree Conference Centre
Olympic Park, Sydney


Compassionate Communities is a whole of community approach to end of life support where caring for one another at times of need, loss and/or crisis becomes the task and responsibility of everyone.

At the heart of this movement for change, is the adoption of a whole of community approach where formal care provision and informal support networks come together to provide support for people who are dying and grieving. 

This two day conference will bring together individuals and groups working at the threshold of innovation in the health space and in community initiatives  and who wish to develop the critical awareness and skills in:

  • Community engagement and community development
  • Social networks and capacity building
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Evaluating change

To make the most of your learning and networking, we encourage you to register for both days of the conference.  

13th International Conference on The Arts in Society
27 - 29 June 2018
Emily Carr University of Art + Design,
Vancouver, Canada 

2018 Special Focus: How art makes things happen - situating social practice in research, practice and Action.   Four key themes included within the event; arts education, arts theory and history, new media 

19th International Mental Health Conference
8 - 10 August 2018
RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland

This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and latest policies.

National Disability Summit
20 - 21 August 2018
Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne 

This is a critical time for the NDIS and for every person it impacts. The NDIS is doubling the national investment in disability support and as it expands to additional sites, the industry needs to establish how it’s working in its current sites, with a keen focus on all the key players in the system; consumers, carers, service providers, government bodies and key associations. The 8th Annual National Disability Summit will review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disabilities and their families to maximise independence and social and economic participation by creating greater choice. 

Artlands Victoria
Regional Arts Australia National Conference
10 - 14 October 2018
Bendigo and Castlemaine, Victoria

Celebrating twenty years in 2018, Artlands is the biennial event that shines a national spotlight on Australia’s regional arts. 

Artlands Victoria will be artistically driven and strategically distributed gathering presented by Regional Arts Victoria, producing art experiences across the state.

Scheduled by Regional Arts Australia to circulate around the country among its member organisations, Artlands was last presented by Regional Arts Victoria in 2004 as Meeting Place in Horsham.

Save the Date - Public Health Palliative Care 6th International Conference - Compassionate Communities in Action: Re-claiming Aging, Dying and Grieving 
13 - 15 October 2019
Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains

This is not to be missed. The organising committee are a group of 16 academics, practitioners and innovators from across Australia and New Zealand who are working hard to make sure that this event will be a catalyst for end of life change. Themes including diversity, arts, palliative care, social change, bereavement, building connections and partnerships are in development and we will share information as it comes to hand. We will be inviting interest for sponsorship shortly, please get in touch with