International Arts & Health Conference – NGV Melbourne

Register Now for Australia’s Premier Arts and Health Event.
Arts and Health Australia is excited to be collaborating with the National Gallery of Victoria and VicHealth, as major conference partners, to present the 6th annual international arts and health conference in Melbourne from 11 to 13 November 2014.

Conference sessions will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria’s two locations – NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre : NGV Australia at Federation Square – a 5 minute walk apart.
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Early Bird Registration Closes 30 September 2014 – SAVE $100!
• Full Conference Registration – $895 (incl GST)
• Single Day Registrations – $550 (incl GST)
• Program at a Glance
• Plenary Speakers
• Presenters’ Directory
Join us to share ideas, information and experiences and engage with an outstanding panel of experts:

Janet Morrison, CEO, Independent Age UK; Co-founder, End to Loneliness Campaign UK; Chair, The Baring Foundation, UK.
Janet will talk about Loneliness and Older People and how lacking social connections is a comparable risk for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, having a worse impact than obesity and lack of exercise. The powerful role that the arts can play in alleviating social isolation and loneliness and improving quality of life for older people will be the key focus of Janet’s presentation.

Mike White, International Authority on Community Arts and Health and author of Arts in Community Health: a social tonic; Advisor, Strategic Development, Australian Centre for Arts and Health

Mike will explore the arts and health research conundrum and ask the question – The Empirical Highway or the Lantern Road?

Jerril Rechter,CEO, VicHealth
Jerril will present VicHealth’s Active Arts Strategy (2014 – 2017) and its singular aspiration – to promote people’s physical and mental wellbeing by bringing people together to be involved in active and participatory arts activities, supported by the evidence for arts-based health promotion.

Clive Parkinson, Director, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University UK; authority on mental health and the arts; co-lead investigator on major UK study ‘Dementia and the Imagination’
Clive will report on his work on substance addiction in the UK, Italy and Turkey and demonstrated recovery through the visual arts.

Helen Currier,Healthcare Professional and Leader, Arts and Health Council, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
Helen will showcase innovative ways for arts and health programs to be integrated and endure in a major hospital environment.

Andy Howitt Director and CEO, Ausdance Victoria
Andy Howitt will talk about a favourite subject – All Boys Can Dance.

Simone Flavelle, Manager, Ageing and Disability Projects, DADAA, WA
Simone Flavelle will showcase the development of a smart device app, stARTSPEAK Touch & Create, giving people living with intellectual disability and high support needs the benefits bought by tablet technology.

Molly Carlile, General Manager, Cancer Integrated Services and Arts and Health, Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Health, Melbourne;
Kerrie Noonan, Co-founder and director of The GroundSwell Project

Molly and Kerrie will profile Dying to Know Day – a national event to promote meaningful conversations about death.

Ann O’Connor, Collaborative Arts Consultant and Arts Participation Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland
Ann will describe the development of arts and health policy and practice in the Republic of Ireland and explore the characteristics of this distinct and continually evolving space between the edges of arts and health.

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