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New Arts and Health Consortium for Western Australia

12 January 2016

Western Australia have begun their response to the National Arts and Health Framework by creating an Arts and Health Consortium Reference Group and setting up a first project focusing on current and future arts and health collaborations in WA hospitals.

The Consortium members are thrilled that the Director General of Health, the Director General of Culture and the Arts, the Group CEO of SJGHC and the LotteryWest Board have co-funded this critical research.

The project consultants, Kim Gibson and Liesbeth Goedhart will map what’s already happening in our WA Hospitals in order to acknowledge and showcase the many arts and health collaborations that occur within our hospitals. They will also recommend further innovative arts and health collaborations and projects that will contribute to arts and health priorities and that are most likely to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of patients, their families and visitors and staff in hospitals.

Current Arts and Health Consortium members are:

DADAA – David Doyle, Executive Director
Department for Culture and the Arts – Colin Walker, Director Policy, Planning and Research
Health Consumers Council WA – Pip Brennan, Executive Director
Health Department of Western Australia – Professor David Joske, Senior Haematologist Sir Charles Gardner Hospital
Institute of Creative Health – Emma O’Brien, Executive Director
St John of God Health Care – Deborah Pearson, Group Coordinator Arts and Health
The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA – Henry Boston, Executive Director
The SolarisCare Foundation - Professor David Joske, Founder SolarisCare
The University of Western Australia – Dr Christina Davies, Research Fellow, School of Population Health
For further information please contact Deborah Pearson, Group Coordinator Arts and Health, St John of God HealthCare deborah.pearson@sjog.org.au or 0421141037

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