National performing arts healthcare body to host symposium tackling health and wellbeing challenges

The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) will be holding its symposium 'Don’t Tell Me to Rest!—The Reality of Performing Arts Healthcare' on 25 November 2017, in Kingscliff, NSW. ASPAH recognises that performing artists face unique pressures and health challenges in a healthcare system that is lacking support and education to address their needs.

The symposium will bring together clinicians, researchers and performing artists from around the country to explore the unique challenges of artists like musicians, actors, dancers and singers. The event will feature keynote speaker, Associate Professor David Butler, a physiotherapist, educationalist, researcher and clinician. Dr Butler will present a lecture discussing the contributions of neuroscience to understanding both pain and performance, and a workshop exploring practical applications for managing and understanding our own pain. Researchers and clinicians in the field will present their latest research and discuss possible strategies for overcoming the health challenges associated with being a performing artist.

Earlybird registrations are now open on the ASPAH website and the organisation is also offering an accommodation deal for a limited time at the symposium venue, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa.

ASPAH is led by a national committee of volunteers who are passionate about the importance of high-quality healthcare for performing artists; the committee includes healthcare professionals, pedagogues, researchers and performing artists.