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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...

Writing for Health

5 January 2016

The highlight of my working week is a 90-minute creative writing session in the Statewide Eating Disorder Unit at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC). There are occasionally tears, but more often than not there is laughter and...

From the desk of Dr. Emma O’Brien PhD – May/June 2015

20 July 2015

Welcome to a bumper newsletter reflecting on a very busy May and June 2015, not only for the Institute but also for the Arts and Health sector in general. We are aware that many of you will have submitted to the Senate...

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Maz reports on National Rural Health Conference Darwin May 2015

20 July 2015

Four solid days of keynotes, plenaries and concurrent sessions is big! And that is definitely one way of describing the National Rural Health Conference held late last month in Darwin.

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Olwen Minford – Guest Blogger

19 July 2015

In 2014 I was very fortunate to be awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which enabled me to visit USA and Australia for eight weeks to research “Improving communication training and compassionate care using arts...

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Who’s Who at the Institute – Claude Gauchat

19 July 2015

Given my science background and research work as an entomologist in Australia and South Africa, I trained my mind to always look for sound scientific evidence to explain insect behaviour and population dynamics.

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Classical Music wins Street Cred

19 July 2015

For the past four years, Sydney Symphony Orchestra conductor Roger Benedict has been taking young SSO Fellows to play to hard-core audiences. And it seems that they have won plenty of new diehard fans.

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Vale Mike White

18 July 2015

I met Mike White some years ago when he came, after our initial meeting, to my house to talk of his work, of the Fellowship research into the health effects of arts engagement and the changes that the arts engender across...

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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.

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A day in the life of Nadia Millar

21 April 2015

I work as a music therapist in the stroke and neurology department of a large public hospital.  Stroke patients arrive on our ward in the very acute stages of stroke treatment and recovery.  Neurology patients may still be...

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Rebel Elders – An Intergenerational Perfromance Project – Ballarat

16 April 2015

“The performance itself was the most interesting act of rebellion and the incredible people within it defied all labelling. They were real.” [Real Time Magazine, Dec 2014]

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Welcome Maz McGann

16 April 2015

I started with the Institute in January this year in a part time role as the Director Special Projects and already I am enamored by the enthusiasm and knowledge in the Arts and Health sector.  My background is in community...