Uplifting architecture, soothing and inspiring stories, song, poetry, ritual and visual images combined with hospitality, care and attention have been part of the historical foundations of healthcare across the world. This framework provides the necessary information and guidance to assist State and Territory governments to evaluate existing programs, consider new directions and identify new partners to support arts and health initiatives appropriate to each jurisdiction.
Last year, we helped create a mosaic mural with Healing Arts at Atlantic Health System’s Artist in Residence, Kathy Casper; met with the NJ artists that have artwork displayed in the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden; and toured all three facilities.
Two articles, Creative New Directions in Dietetics by Catherine Morley and Mapping Resiliency Building Bridges Toward Change an Experiential Arts-based Narrative Inquiry with Dietetics Professionals by Jacqui Gingras, Assistant Professor at the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, and Jennifer Atkins a dietitian at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, presented varied arts based approaches in practice.
Since a 2002 World Health Organization publication by the name of The World Report on Violence and Health, 1 violence has been established as a worldwide public health problem rather than just a security and criminal justice issue. Healing architecture, art installations, natural lighting, and access to healing gardens all help to decrease patient and caregiver stress, improve outcomes, enhance patient safety, improve way-finding, and increase overall quality of care. There was no upper limit of grant that can be applied for, however applicants are asked to take note of previous grants awarded for an indication of realistic award figures. This double-blind peer-reviewed journal provides artists, researchers, healthcare professionals, educators, therapists, programme administrators and funding bodies an opportunity to report and reflect upon innovative effective practices. For many health professionals, the arts are an invaluable creative outlet and reflective tool.
The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) ( @PSSRU_LSE ) is part of LSE Health and Social Care, which is located within the Department of Social Policy. Mike died last June and his presence and erudite observations will be sorely missed by all of us gathering at the eighth International Arts & Health Conference He was a superb thinker and speaker, and an impossible act to follow.