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The Australian National Arts & Health Framework

The National Arts and Health Framework

The National Arts and Health Framework has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches. A critical ongoing project for The Institute is to advocate on behalf of the arts and health community within the National Arts and Health Framework, to support arts and health practices, and to assist in the rolling out of the framework.

Background on The Institute's role in the National Arts and Health Framework

The Institute has been pivotal in the evolution of the National Arts and Health Framework. In response to the diverse Arts and Health sector, The Institute convened a forum at Parliament House Canberra in 2012 with key practitioners and other stakeholders. This led to the establishment of a Ministerial Working Group tasked with developing the Framework. The Framework was endorsed in November 2013 by Ministers of Health and Ministers of the Arts in every Australian state and territory. The National Arts and Health Framework marks a watershed and recognises the pivotal links between the two sectors.

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Framework Resources

The National Arts and Health Framework has excellent resources embedded in the document they are

The listed sites are:

AccessibleARTS website for Accessing the Arts
Alzheimer’s Australia
Arts Access Australia The State of Arts and Health in Australia
Arts and Health Australia
Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre
The Institute for Creative Health
Arts Health Institute
Partnership commitment between the Department of Health and Arts SA
Australian Creative Arts Therapies
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care
Cultural Development Network Resource
About the DADAA Organisation
Miecat Organisation
Regional Arts Australia
Fourth National Mental hHealth pPlan
National Arts and Disability Strategy
National Rural Health Alliance
Vic Health Publications: Social connection, arts and new media information
The New Royal Adelaide Hospital
The Fiona Stanley Hospital
The Kings Fund Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme information
National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing, UK
The International Academy for Design and Health website