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AHA 2011 - 3rd Annual Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference



VenueCanberra, Australia Australia



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The 3rd Annual Art of Good Health and Wellbeing International Arts and Health Conference is taking place at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 14 to 18 November 2011.

Arts and Health Australia (AHA) is a networking and advocacy organisation and consulting agency, established to enhance and improve health and wellbeing within the community through engagement in creative activity. AHA is a groundbreaking organisation providing up-to-the-minute research and strategic solutions to its clients, and hosting conferences, forums and training programs.

The arts and health field encompasses primary and acute care, aged care, community health and health promotion.

AHA passionately promotes best-practice policy in arts and health, which culminates annually in November with The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing conference. International luminaries who attended the 2009 conference included Society for the Arts in Healthcare president emeritus, Naj Wikoff, NEA Director Paula Terry, pioneering researchers Susan Perlstein and Cheryl Dileo from the USA, and British community arts and health specialists Mike White and Clive Parkinson.

Keynotes in 2010 included Carrie McGee from the Museum of Modern Art, Dr Gary Christenson from Boynton Mental Health Service, University of Minnesota, Mary Robson from Durham University in the UK and Anne Marie Freybourg from Germany.
The 3rd annual conference in 2011 at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, will welcome authorities from the UK, USA and Canada along with experts from Australia. Areas of key focus for the conference include Creative Ageing and programs for people with dementia and their carers; medical education and medical humanities; arts and health programs for aboriginal communities; and designing healthcare environments.
Founding AHA director, Margret Meagher, has worked in arts management, business development, events and marketing communications for over 35 years. The last decade she has dedicated to the growing specialist area: arts and health, with a particular interest in the impact of culture on mental health and healthy ageing. She has written extensively on the subject, and from 2004-6 edited arts+medicine journal, circulated nationally to 50,000 doctors.

Margret regularly presents on arts and health. In North America, she has presented at the Society for Arts in Healthcare international conferences in Edmonton (2005), Chicago (2006), Nashville (2007), Philadelphia (2008) and Buffalo (2009), Minnesota (2010) and San Francisco (2011). At this 22nd annual SAH conference in San Francisco, Margret was one of twenty people, out of a field of three hundred, to received an inaugural Distinguished Fellowship Award for her contribution to the international arts and health sector.

Speaking engagements in Australia include the National Rural Health Alliance Conferences (2007, 2009 and 2011) and the ArtsHealth Center for Research and Practice conferences at the University of Newcastle (2008, 2009). The arts and ageing was the subject of Margret’s presentations at the International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference in Melbourne (2010) and the University of Griffith’s Creative Communities conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland (2010).

Margret is on the judging panel in the category of ‘Use of Art in the Patient Environment’ in the International Academy Design & Health Awards (2010, 2011) and is presenting at the Academy's Design and Health Australasia 2011 in Melbourne in May 2011 on the subject of Healthy People, Healthy Communities: The Role of the Arts. Margret is also attending the 7th Design and Health World Congress in Boston (July 2011), convened by the International Academy for Design and Health and the American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Health.

Margret has advised medical colleges on how doctors can utilise the arts to enhance communication skills and achieve lifestyle balance, and sits on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Foundation Board. She is also a member of Churchill Fellowship Trust’s Arts NSW judging panel.

Arts and Health Australia:

Advocates arts and health practice in primary care and community health
Demonstrates the efficacy of the arts in health promotion
Showcases the value of the humanities in medical education and clinician wellbeing
Networks with people working in healthcare, arts, education and the community
Connects with international counterparts on programming and research
Facilitates policy change at federal, state and local government level to encourage and stimulate the development of ‘arts in healthcare’ in Australia
Supports scientific research and evaluation of arts and health programs in Australia and overseas

Last modified: 2011-08-09 22:00:08