The Journal of Applied Arts & Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. To take advantage of this opportunity students will need to be enrolled in the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care After completing Foundations of Arts and Health, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Health and Community Care.
The purpose was not to provide a recipe for change nor to dictate the methodologies for transformation but rather to begin to illuminate true stories and create spaces for possibility, innovation and critical thinking that may, even in this early phase of development, lead to eventual change and solutions around caregiving and feeding family that could ultimately improve health and quality of life for caregivers and older Canadians.
Critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current practice in arts/mental health collaborations, with an eye to developing best practices for collaboration among arts workers, clinicians, mental health researchers, and – crucially – people with lived experience of mental health issues.
Later that year at the Dietitians of Canada National Conference in Montreal, I presented with a panel about the creative arts across disciplines and implications for dietetics practice and performed a brief ethnodramatic monologue which shared a client’s memory around eating with family (his brother) and his current lived experience at the resident home.
Across the nation more medical schools are offering arts initiatives in the training and continuing professional development of medical practitioners toward a goal of increasingly compassionate and empathic treatment, which is proving to result in cost effectiveness and increased patient satisfaction.