A highly successful partnership has been established with South and West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) and Creative Minds delivering projects such as Taking a View and Vivify for older people with mental health issues. The new MSc in Creative Arts and Mental Health is delivered as a collaboration initiative between the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London.
Recognising how valuable The Arts can be in improving health outcomes as well as promoting health and wellbeing in the wider community, this NSW Health and The Arts Framework enables the NSW Health system to maximise the benefits of integrating The Arts into the design and delivery of health services, and health messaging.
Over the past decade, health psychologists have cautiously begun looking at how the arts might be used in a variety of ways to heal emotional injuries, increase understanding of oneself and others, develop a capacity for self-reflection, reduce symptoms, and alter behaviors and thinking patterns.
Sandel et al. conducted pilot research at 2 cancer centers in Connecticut to determine the effects of a dance and movement program on quality of life, shoulder function, and body image among breast cancer survivors treated within the preceding 5 years.
I established the Taskforce for Health and The Arts to guide the integration of The Arts into NSW’s healthcare system as a whole – including how we provide healthcare, create a sense of place in our health services and work with communities to keep people healthy and out of hospital.