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From the desk of Emma O’Brien – March/April 2014

22 April 2015

As Easter came very early this year in April we have rolled our March and April newsletter into one.

Our ‘Hand Hygiene – Dance it in’ collaboration with AUSDANCE VIC and The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) which culminated with a flash mob in the foyer of the RMH for Change Day (March 11) is now in its assessment phase looking at the impact that the project has had on hand hygiene compliance across RMH. We can certainly report that people were engaged, dancing, talking and that interest in the project to be rolled out at other hospitals is high, so I am very much looking forward to the number crunching data.  Attended by 150+ people.

I also took the opportunity to share the dance at the recent Sustainable Healthcare Transformation Conference in Tasmania and as you can see they were very good movers. See the video here.

It’s been wonderful working with AUSDANCE Vic and Andy Howitt on this project and we look forward to collaborating further on more Arts and Health initiatives. .

Oh and just an extra note regarding the conference in Tasmania and the extraordinary work that the Tasmanian Arts and Health/Health Promotion community do. They should be congratulated on their tenacity at getting the local launch of the National Arts and Health Framework into the conference program and the NAHF workshop that I presented at was well attended by a diverse group of practitioners and policy makers. One of the driving emerging themes of the workshop was the importance and value of collegiate, diverse and transparent collaboration- together our voice is strong.

We have had an overwhelming response to our calls for EOI s for our Leadership Groups- to this effect the process of considering all the EOIs is taking a bit longer from our end but we are very much looking forward to launching the groups from May onwards.

Many of you will have already heard from our newly appointed Special Projects Director Maz McGann and in this newsletter we hear a bit more about Maz and the experience she brings to The Institute. We also profile a wonderful piece ‘Rebel Elders- an intergenerational performance project’ lead by Rose Ertler, a Community Arts Facilitator in Ballarat. Our day in the life blog is with Nadia Millar who specialises in music and neurosciences in acute care. There are so many articles and testimonies being posted on social media about music and the brain so we have attached the link to one of them here as well, its a wonderful animation and demonstrates quite clearly the unique process of music and the brain. We are currently reviewing music and the brain articles and videos that are on social media which will be completed for our next newsletter and also uploaded to our website as part of our resources to share with you.


Dr Emma O’Brien MMus RMT PhD

Executive Director   The Institute for Creative Health

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Photo of people doing 'Hand Dance'