Arts and health organisations, publications, conferences and workshops

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Publications & research

The Institute for Creative Health

Evidence-based research is core to everything The Institute for Creative Health does. An ability to engage on critical issues in national arts and health sectors distinguishes their work and ensures it remains balanced and effective. They support, share and sponsor research that can prove the inherent value of the arts to health and wellbeing. Visit their collection of evidence-based research.

National Arts and Health Framework

The National Arts and Health Framework, endorsed by the Standing Council on Health and the Meeting of Cultural Ministers, 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 into health promotion, services, settings and facilities.

The framework contains links to a range of information relating to arts and health practice including resources, research findings and evidence of the value of a collaborative approach to arts and health. The framework also provides links to examples of approaches to arts and health.

Australia Council for the Arts

Art and wellbeing (1.5 MB PDF) assembles ideas and case study material that demonstrates connections between community cultural development and government 'wellbeing' initiatives. And their recent research publication Arts in Daily Life Australian Participation in the Arts (report, May 2014) showed that people think the arts have a big impact on our sense of wellbeing and happiness.

spoonful magazine

spoonful magazinespoonful is the official magazine of the Arts Health Institute. It showcases artists and health professionals working in this area as well as research breakthroughs, inspiring people and projects.

Moving On

The Dance-Movement Therapy Association Australia's journal Moving On features articles from dance therapists in Australia and overseas.

The University of Western Australia's School of Population Health: health and arts research

Health and Arts research at The University of Western Australia aims to build on current knowledge and complements the growing multidisciplinary nature of this field.


Dance-Movement Therapy Association Australia

The Dance Movement Therapy Association (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australia. It sets the standards for Professional and Associate levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also welcomes General and Student members. Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.

The Institute for Creative Health

The Institute for Creative Health is an independent non-profit Australian organisation with the mission to prove that the arts, in all its guises, are essential to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. They support, share and sponsor research that can prove the inherent value of the arts to health and wellbeing.

The Arts Health Institute

The Arts Health Institute's purpose is to integrate the arts into health care—to inspire, bring happiness and improve the health of people when they are unwell or frail. The Arts Health Institute:

  • collaborates with researchers and participates in research
  • provides education for professional artists and health workers
  • develops and delivers life-changing programs in the community, hospitals and aged care facilities.

Australian Centre for Arts & Health

Australian Centre for Arts and Health is a networking and advocacy organisation and consulting agency, established to enhance and improve health and wellbeing within the community through engagement in creative activities.

Vic Health—Arts for Health

VicHealth—Arts for health supports participation in the arts and access to arts activities to promote health and wellbeing. Their website is a showcase for arts for health projects, events, research, resources and tools which VicHealth has developed to assist more organisations to create health through the arts.

Meeting of Cultural Ministers

The Meeting of Cultural Ministers brings together ministers and invited observers responsible for arts and culture in Australia to progress priorities of national significance and common interest related to arts and culture in Australia.

Dance for Parkinson’s Australia 

The Dance for PD program, which originated at the Mark Morris Dance Center in 2001, offers specialised dance classes accompanied by live music for people with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, family members and friends. The Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program started through an initial Dance for PD® presentation at the National Parkinson’s Conference in Brisbane in 2012. Since then, Australian Program Coordinator Erica Rose Jeffrey has worked with the dance and Parkinson’s communities to share the joys of dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. Find a class.

Conferences & events

  • Annual International Arts and Health Australia Conference presents best practice and innovative arts and health programs, effective health promotion and prevention campaigns, methods of project evaluation and scientific research.
  • National Play Up Convention, presented by The Arts Health Institute, playfully explores ageing and the business of ageing. This convention is for aged care leaders, managers, clinicians, care workers, artists, educators, researchers and policy-makers and anyone who has an interest in aged care.
  • The Australian Dance Movement Therapy conference explores how dance movement therapy and other creative arts therapies can function as single and multi-modal approaches to health and healing, and how dance movement therapists can make valued contributions to multi-disciplinary teams.

Workshops & training

Dance for PD® teacher training workshop

Dance for Parkinson’s Australia sometimes runs Dance for Parkinson's teacher training workshops for experienced professional dancers, teachers, health practitioners and members of the Parkinson’s community. If you are a trained dancer or dance instructor who is interested in making a greater impact in the community, or a therapist or movement practitioner who is excited to learn new techniques that expand and deepen your practice, you can now get trained in an acclaimed global program that helps people with Parkinson's experience the joys and benefits of dance.

The International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia (IDTIA)

The International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia provides a high quality experiential based training in dance-movement therapy and produces professional, ethical and creative dance-movement therapists in Australia. They offer a Certificate in Dance-Movement Therapy, an Advanced Course, and they run regular workshops throughout the year.