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Examination of the Use of the Arts to Improve Health and Healing in Western Australian Hospitals

Research Type: 
Date of Publication: 
29 June 2016
Prepared by Kim Gibson and Liesbeth Goedhart for the WA Arts and Health Consortium

The first Consortium project sought to map and measure the current level of engagement, support and investment by WA hospitals in Arts and Health activities in order to better understand the extent to which the arts are contributing to the delivery of health services in Western Australian (WA) hospitals and to the health and wellbeing of patients, their families, visitors and staff.

There is a significant, global body of work on Arts and Health. This report draws on that evidence as well as the National Arts and Health Framework to develop a local approach for the West Australian context. In particular, this report aims to assist hospitals and arts organisations with future strategies to engage more effectively with each other in developing Arts and Health practice in WA consistent with the National Framework.