NSW Health and the Arts Framework released

Image:  John A Douglas, from Circles of Fire (variations) 2016. Synchronised dual channel 4k to HD video and sound. Courtesy of the artist and Chalkhorse Sydney. Showing at The Patient: The Medical Subject in Contemporary Art exhibition curated by Bec Dean at UNSW Galleries, 3 June to 6 August 2016.

Image: John A Douglas, from Circles of Fire (variations) 2016. Synchronised dual channel 4k to HD video and sound. Courtesy of the artist and Chalkhorse Sydney. Showing at The Patient: The Medical Subject in Contemporary Art exhibition curated by Bec Dean at UNSW Galleries, 3 June to 6 August 2016.

Improving the health of the community through integrating the arts into the design and delivery of health services and public health messaging.

On 5 July 2016 the NSW Minister for Health released the NSW Health and the Arts Framework.

The NSW Health and the Arts Framework provides guidance to NSW Health services – specifically Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks – to:

  • Improve the patient, staff and carer experience in health services through engagement with the arts in the broadest sense
  • Create a sense of place in health services, enhancing design and ‘way finding’ – the ways in which people orient themselves and navigate through a health service
  • Leverage the arts as a mechanism for engaging communities with health services
  • Promote health messages through the arts
  • Increase access to the arts through health services
  • Foster sustainable partnerships between the health and arts sectors, and
  • Integrate the arts into the design of new spaces.

The NSW Health and the Arts Framework draws on and complements Create in NSW: The NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework.  Developing networks and partnerships is central to both the NSW Health and the Arts Framework and Create in NSW.

Read the Minister for Health’s media release.

Find out more about the NSW Health and the Arts Framework at NSW Health’s Health and the Arts webpage.

Further information

For further information on this initiative, please contact either: the NSW Ministry of Health by emailing arts@health.nsw.gov.au or Arts NSW by emailing mail@arts.nsw.gov.au

John A Douglas’ work Circles of Fire (above image) can be seen in The Patient: The Medical Subject in Contemporary Art exhibition curated by Bec Dean at UNSW Galleries, 3 June to 6 August 2016.

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Published: 6 July 2016