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Leadership Profile - Dr Claire Hooker: Chair of the NSW Arts and Health Leadership Group

15 April 2016

Claire is Coordinator of the Health and Medical Humanities program at the University of Sydney, located in the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine (VELiM), which in turn is part of the School of Public Health. Over the past few years Claire has been quietly building capacity in the scholarship and practice of diverse approaches to creative arts and health – from therapy, to wellbeing programs, to use as a research, evaluation and knowledge translation tool. She teaches a course on Arts and Health (BETH5207) in semester 2 every year.

Claire and her research students and colleagues are building a scholarly base for arts and health research with focuses in a few key domains. These include: the qualities and nuances of quotidian clinical communication, encompassing staff communication as well as staff-patient communication; ethical and theoretical frameworks for arts and health; the experiences, qualities, integrity and behavior of doctors (including an innovative project using acting skills workshops to prevent bullying and harassment in healthcare workplaces); and the qualities of illness experience. Claire’s research also extends into other areas – risk communication, critical evaluations of health policy – but this is useful for making connections across different health fields. Claire’s research and open access publications can be found here:

http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/claire.hooker.php

 The people who feel their work falls under this umbrella heading are passionate, thoughtful and extremely diverse in their interests and their approaches to health, therapy and wellbeing. Claire feels so fortunate to know them and their work. One of her goals is to continue to build a community of inquiry in which people’s connections with each other and capacity to have common conversations will grow as arts and health continue to flower across NSW and around the country.

Look for the activities of the NSW Leadership Group in the next newsletter.

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