The National Arts and Health Framework

The National Arts and Health Framework has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches. A critical ongoing project for The Institute is to advocate on behalf of the arts and health community within the National Arts and Health Framework, to support arts and health practices, and to assist in the rolling out of the framework.

Background on the Institutes role in the National Arts and Health Framework

The Institute has been pivotal in the evolution of the National Arts and Health Framework. In response to the diverse Arts and Health sector, The Institute convened a forum at Parliament House Canberra in 2012 with key practitioners and other stakeholders. This led to the establishment of a Ministerial Working Group tasked with developing the Framework. The Framework was endorsed in November 2013 by Ministers of Health and Ministers of the Arts in every Australian state and territory. The National Arts and Health Framework marks a watershed and recognizes the pivotal links between the two sectors.

Visit to download the Framework.

Forums on the National Arts and Health Framework

The first forum in partnership with VicHealth was held in Melbourne Victoria Australia on September 10th, 2014 alongside VicHealth’s Active Arts Strategy Launch. This first forum bought together arts in health practitioners from across the scope of practice in Melbourne to disseminate the key messages from the Framework and to discuss how these relate to the ‘real world’ practice. This forum was the beginning of maximising the capacity of our diverse sector as work towards common understandings of the benefits of arts for health, as we continue to learn from each other, and create new networks. The conversation continued for Victoria at the second forum in 2014 in Geelong, November 20, 2014. Feedback form these forums will be provided in collaboration with VicHealth.

March 2015 in Hobart Tasmania as part of the Sustainability in Healthcare Transformation Conference the Framework was launched locally and another workshop was held by the Institute in collaboration with Arts and Health Tasmania

Again we had an excellent diverse turnout and very robust discussion.

Many participants across the first three forums have requested a life version of the NAHF which we are now in the process of developing. The lite version will be circulated with our newsletter.

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Upcoming forums on the Framework will be in NSW and NT. Details will be posted here and also through our monthly Newsletter


The Institutes latest National arts and Health Framework Initiative

One of the key messages from the Framework is the importance and value of collaboration. To this end The Institute latest Framework initiative is the call for EOIs to established he Leadership groups every State across Australia Although the EOIs are now closed here is an overview of the Leadership Groups. These groups will be rolled out across 2015 and we look forward to announcing them soon.


Framework Resources

The National Arts and Health Framework has excellent resources embedded in the document they are

The listed sites are

AccessibleARTS website for accessing the arts

Alzheimer’s Australia website

Arts Access Australia The State of Arts and Health in Australia

Arts and Health Australia website

Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre website

Institute for Creative Health website

Arts Health Institute website

Partnership commitment between the Department of Health and Arts SA

Australian Creative Arts Therapies Website

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website

Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care website

Cultural Development Network Resource web page

About the dadaa organisation

miecat organisation website

Regional Arts Australia website

vichealth website

Fourth national mental health plan

National Arts and Disability Strategy web page

National Rural Health Alliance website

Vic Health Publications: Social connection, arts and new media information

The New Royal Adelaide Hospital website

The Fiona Stanley Hospital website


The Kings Fund Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme information 

National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing, UK

The International Academy for Design and Health website



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