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Arts and Health Report Launched - 29 June 2016

Minister John Day MLA has launched a new report into Arts activity in WA Hospitals - An Examination of use of the Arts to improve Health and Healing in Western Australian Hospitals - that provides Western Australia with an opportunity to put in place a leading edge arts and health framework that will improve health outcomes for Western Australians.

This research – the first of its kind in WA – provides a clear understanding of what is required to drive better outcomes within Arts and Health activities – a joint policy between the Department of Culture and the Arts and Health to deliver on the WA implementation of the National Arts and Health Framework and modest committed funding.

“The good news is that this ground-breaking piece of research captures the significant amount of arts activity already taking place in Western Australian hospitals,” said Chamber Chair, Helen Cook. “However this activity is currently project based only with no policy framework, broad coordination or committed resourcing on an ongoing basis.”

The research project was carried out by consultants Kim Gibson and Liesbeth Goedhart and overseen by an Arts and Health Consortium convened through the efforts of the Chamber and Keystone Partner, St John of God Health Care.

“We have a very strong belief in the healing power of the arts in many aspects of people’s lives,” said Dr Michael Stanford, Group CEO of St John of God Health Care. “The deployment of arts in our hospitals has been shown to provide improved health outcomes for patients and staff alike.”

The Chamber is very grateful for the Consortium’s assistance and oversight of this important piece of research - the first of its kind in Western Australia. Research is a fundamental ingredient in the clear understanding of what is required to drive better outcomes for the arts and health communities.

This detailed report adds to a substantial body of research carried out by the Chamber in the last three years.

“The Chamber urges the Minister to seriously consider the recommendations,” said Ms. Cook. “A policy framework and modest committed funding could make an enormous impact and expand the excellent work to date by enlightened and passionate health staff. The current ad hoc approach significantly limits the potential benefits of arts activity within health environments.

Western Australia has an opportunity to put in place a leading edge arts and health framework to enhance the health and healing outcomes in this state.”


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