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A Vision and Action Plan for the Arts Health Network Queensland Across Queensland, there are many practitioners and organisations that are experienced in applying arts initiatives to health contexts and working with diverse communities and individuals to benefit health and well-being. There are many others that have an interest and desire to develop their practice in this area. Through working collaboratively across sectors, the Arts Health Network Queensland (AHNQ) aims to be a key driver in a significant shift towards recognition, growth, and investment in the sector in Queensland. Over the last few years there has been increased acknowledgment globally of the potential for the arts and creativity to improve our health and well-being. In Australia, this was demonstrated politically through the agreement of a National Framework for Arts and Health. While an important step, to date, this framework has not transpired into clear strategic advocacy, funding or program support in Queensland at state or local levels. There is currently a great opportunity, led by the Institute for Creative Health and the formation of the Arts Health Network Queensland, for the arts and health sectors to work together to implement the groundwork necessary for growth and to secure sustainability for practice in Queensland. The vision and action plan outlined in this document builds on this opportunity and sets out the work of the Arts Health Network Queensland from 2018 to 2020.

Valuing Indigenous perspectives We honour and value the holistic and integrated nature of arts and health that supports cultural, social and individual care. We acknowledge and actively learn from Australian Indigenous perspectives on holistic health which highlight the interconnectedness of the arts and well-being to individual, community, social, emotional and physical health. Respecting and including Indigenous perspectives we seek to move towards a wellness paradigm involving collaboration and partnerships between an entire spectrum of health, arts, and well-being practitioners. An Aboriginal perspective doesn’t separate arts and health. Everything is part of the whole and interconnected (Randall, Uncle Bob: Kanyini; 2006).


Our vision Art and creativity have a powerful role to play in the health and well-being of all Queenslanders. We have a long-term vision to see all Queenslanders benefit from arts, creativity, health and wellbeing initiatives/practice, engaging in creative encounters throughout life that enhance well-being, and at points in their life when they have specific healthcare needs. We seek to develop this sector with a focus on person-centred benefits and equity of access to opportunities. Outstanding research, advocacy and community connections will create a general recognition of the important role the arts and creativity have on personal and community well-being. Queensland-based creative practitioners and organisations will understand the intersection of their own practice with health, and have the knowledge, capacity and skills to create meaningful work in, and with, a range of settings across Queensland. Mainstream healthcare policy and provision in Queensland will acknowledge the arts as a central support for health and well-being. We value:

• working collaboratively across disciplines and sectors • modelling inclusive and innovative best-practice on multiple levels • respecting and including Indigenous perspectives We understand the long-term nature of this journey and outline this Arts Health Network Queensland action plan as a step on the road forward and a call to action.

Our priorities for the Network 2018-2020 The Arts Health Network Queensland proposes to work together across six priority areas:

• Clarify terminology • Initiate long-term strategy • Share our story • Capacity building and networking • Forming and expanding relationships • Dialogue and information sharing.


Clarify Terminology Initiate dialogue to clarify terminology and distinguish the many areas of practice including arts in health care settings, arts and health, well-being and community programs, to define and professionalise the sector in Queensland. We will:

• gather resources regarding similar discussions in the other parts of Australia and abroad, particularly the UK, the US and Canada

• initiate dialogue between AHNQ members, community members, organisations and local and state representatives regarding the diversity of practice and organisations (including hospitals, communities, arts organisations, specific therapeutic approaches)

• create terms of reference for the Arts Health Network Queensland • develop a set of guiding principles for communication with prospective investors, collaborators and benefactors.

Initiate long-term strategy Initiate the development of a coherent strategy for arts, health and well-being in Queensland. We will:

• work with partners to initiate a strategy that provides growth and sustainability for arts, creativity, health and well-being practice in Queensland. In particular, the strategy would:

• consider fundraising/investment strategies for arts and health, which could include an agreed approach to collaborate with stakeholders to access funds to “do the doing”.

Sharing our story Create and share Queensland’s story of the interconnected nature of arts, creativity, health and well-being, that showcases our achievements and capacity, simultaneously identifying gaps and best practice while contributing to the development of the strategy. We will:

• support research which adds to the international body of evidence on the impact of arts, creativity, health and well-being, and research projects which innovate in the sector

• work with University partners to commission a mapping of arts, creativity, health and wellbeing in Queensland, to provide us with a picture of what is happening on the ground and generate case studies of good practice

• use the mapping to identify gaps in provision, feeding into the long-term strategy development

• celebrate and build on existing good practice, through initiating an arts and health awards ceremony

• honour and include Indigenous knowledges and practices • facilitate online platforms, including a website and social media, that: share stories with a wide audience of arts, creativity, health and well-being stakeholders; and host a repository of case studies, evidence and resources.


Capacity building and networking Encourage and develop local and state-wide networks of arts, creativity, health and well-being practitioners, organisations, researchers, and policy makers, that develop the capacity of the sector in Queensland. We will:

• organise two networking events for the wider Arts Health Network group in Queensland each year including a networking event and a forum

• make available network group member contributions that add value to regional arts, creativity, health and well-being networks, forums and events

• create resources that respond to needs and build capacity for growth in the sector including a repository of Queensland based case studies and initiatives

• consider strategies that encourage and up-skill creative practitioners to work in arts and health, including consideration of skills mapping and career planning

• consider strategies to raise the literacy of arts organisations to work in arts and health, including evaluation, partnership building and up-skilling practitioners

• create and encourage opportunities for regional participation (use of internet and video platforms) • initiate discussion on the development of courses and vocational training in arts and health subjects.

Forming and Expanding Relationships Create opportunities for strategic relationships across Queensland that embed art, creativity, health and well-being in policy, practice and resource development. Build connections that will ensure access to, and equity of, arts in health practice and services to communities and participants across Queensland. We will:

• create a stakeholder engagement plan that maps out key potential partners • seek support from government Ministers with arts, culture and health portfolios, and Queensland Health sector leaders, with the goal of leading to specific policy recommendations and implementation

• build networks with established practicing artists and organisations, including major cultural institutions, to grow collaborative, sustainable arts practice for health and well-being

• form relationships with key stakeholders that can work with us to share our story, embed arts and creativity in health and well-being policy and practice, and/or secure future resources.

Dialogue and information sharing Support connection, dialogue, and information sharing, increase participation and raise the profile of arts, creativity, health and well-being in Queensland. We will:

• create and implement a communications plan that raises the profile of arts, creativity, health and well-being in Queensland through campaigning and advocacy

• ensure regular dialogue and information sharing with all Network members • create basic information sheets/infographic with research on the role of arts in health • facilitate social media sharing of stories with a wide audience of arts, creativity, health and well-being stakeholders

• create a Arts Health Network Queensland website, that: shares stories, hosts a repository of case studies and evidence, and provides useful resources to support practitioners, with potential for expansion as the network matures.


Further actions During the consultation, there were a number of valuable comments and suggestions from the community regarding additional actions which are currently beyond the two year scope of this action plan. We have documented these suggestions to include as part of the long range strategic development of the network.

Background The Arts Health Network Queensland (previously Arts and Health Leadership Group) was initiated in 2016 by the Institute for Creative Health and expanded through the Health Arts Action Leadership Project (HAALP) as part of a federally funded project which aims to support leadership within the sector. The original group was chaired by long-term arts and health practitioner Neal Price and brought together a diverse group of organisations, practitioners and researchers. The community group is currently co-chaired by Lynne Seear and Erica Rose Jeffrey and is a volunteer group. It was determined over the course of Queensland network meetings that initial actions involved a broadening and increase of representation in a larger network group, with the simultaneous creation of a smaller Strategy Group (see Appendix 1). The smaller Strategy Group of approximately 10 members is scheduled to meet monthly and works to create a strategic plan and steps for moving forward, including some of the ideas that have been discussed around mapping, vision statements and organisational visibility. The Strategy Group seeks input and consults with the member of the larger Arts and Health Network Group. Strategy Group members have committed to 1-2 hours per week of volunteer work such as planning meetings, drafting and reviewing documents. The Institute for Creative Health is supporting each state Arts and Health Leadership Group to develop a “Creative Health Action Plan� by June 2018. This is part of their broader Health Arts Action Leadership Project (HAALP), a sector capacity building program. This coincides with the trajectory of the AHNQ, which is ready to strategically plan for and deliver activity over the next two years.


Context of Arts and Health Definition of health – World Health Organization Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Arts and health definition – from the National Arts and Health Framework In its broadest sense, arts and health refers to the practice of applying arts initiatives to health problems and health promoting settings. It involves all art forms and may be focused at any point in the health care continuum. It also has an impact on the determinants of ill health by changing individuals’ attitudes to health risks and supporting community resilience. Arts and health initiatives can be delivered across a range of settings. Benefits can accrue for all stakeholders including government, health service providers, artists, those in health care and the wider community and include improved communication, better understanding, attitudinal change and clinical outcomes. Arts and health activities have their effect through different means and are achieved through experiencing the arts as an artist or creator, as a participant or member of an audience.


Development of the Vision and Action Plan The Vision and Action Plan for the Arts Health Network Queensland has been created in response to input from the wide spectrum of (AHNQ) network members since the group’s inception in 2016. The starting point for the vision and action plan was to distill the conversations and work of the Arts Health Network Queensland that had been occurring over the past two years (see Appendix 2 for a list of Stakeholders). Then, between 8 May and 8 June 2018, stakeholders from across Queensland were asked to share their level of support for an overall vision for the Arts Health Network Queensland, as well contribute to prioritising action in six areas:

• Clarify terminology • Initiate long-term strategy • Share our story • Capacity building and networking • Forming and expanding relationships • Dialogue and information sharing. The statewide public consultation engaged a wide range of professionals with an interest in arts and health, through multiple forms of feedback including online survey and online focus groups. Responses were provided by over 40 individuals in Queensland across a spectrum of arts and health practice including academics and researchers, arts practitioners, arts managers in large and small arts organisations, hospital and aged care arts program managers. What the consultation told us The sector widely welcomes the draft vision presented for consultation. The vision is thought to be timely and provides clarity, is aligned with sector thinking and resonates with current ambitions. Over 90% of respondents felt strongly that the vision reflects their own vision for the sector, with the remainder being undecided at this stage. The responses communicate great enthusiasm for the creation of the vision and action plan and eagerness regarding next steps, and a strong interest in collaboration across Queensland. Alongside developing the skills and capacity of the professional sector delivering arts and health practice, there is a desire to ensure that the work of the network is community and ‘service-user’ focused, grounded in the potential benefits to Queenslanders.


Respondents recognised the opportunities for growth from this Vision and Action Plan for the Arts Health Network Queensland over the next two years and beyond, including:

• Connecting a diverse field – practitioners, researchers, clinicians, artists, educators, managers – who share a similar philosophy and core values, will grow understanding and opportunity. Strengthening existing connections and building new collaborations between arts and health practitioners will lead to shared purpose and the delivery of exceptional creative practice that results in better well-being outcomes for Queenslanders.

• Sharing our stories will lead to real change. Formulating a united voice that creates a greater understanding of arts as a central support for health and wellbeing, underpinned by our body of evidence, will lead to greater visibility for the sector, and could lead to culture change within health provision.

• Acknowledging, training and building frameworks for capacity building and professionalisation of arts and health practitioners. However, there is also awareness of the challenges that the network faces:

• There is great complexity to the task of taking forward the vision and action plan, which will require a willingness and patience to collaborate and the maintenance of focus and momentum. Moving forward requires clarity on how to connect and collaborate to embed the vision and action plan.

• Queensland is a large state with an as yet unmapped diversity of arts and health practice. There is a need to consider how regional colleagues are, and can be, networked and supported, as well as understanding and acknowledging the diversity of practice within the sector.

• There is a general lack of an investment strategy for the sector, and clarity is required on the resourcing of this comprehensive vision and action plan. There was unanimous support for prioritising action across all six focus areas, and no additional priority areas were identified by respondents. There were, however, many potential additional actions suggested for the Network under each priority. This reflects the enthusiasm of the sector and is an indication of the level of knowledge and understanding amongst practitioners about where the sector currently is, where it wants to get to and the need for significant work to take place to achieve recognition and growth as a sector. The AHNQ Strategy Group has considered this feedback and, where possible, the final action plan now includes many of those suggested actions. The full range of potential actions can not be achieved in the next two years, and those seen in the action plan will be considered as part of the longer-term strategy.

Join the Network and keep up to date The Arts Health Network Queensland welcomes professionals from the arts and health sectors to join us and help to move forward our action plan. Anyone interested in the arts and health in Queensland can join the network. To keep up to date with events and information, either join our mailing list by emailing your contact details to artshealthnetworkqld@gmail.com or join the network on Facebook @artshealthnetworkqueensland


Appendix 1 Case studies Case studies of arts and health projects in Queensland were gathered to give context to the materials prepared for consultation. These case studies exemplified the diversity of practice Queenslanders are currently engaged in, and the breadth of partners. The following case studies were included in the consultation document:

• Peripheral Arts, Creating Connection Through Story • Children’s Health Queensland, Music for health and wellbeing • Queensland Ballet, Ballet Moves for Adult Creative Health • University of the Sunshine Coast, Acting 4 Health • QUT and BallyCara, Inside Aged Care • Griffith University, Playful Engagement • Beyond Empathy, Sea of Bellies • St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, Art Lending Library

Appendix 2 Stakeholders The Vision and Action Plan for the Arts Health Network Queensland has been created in response to input from the wide spectrum of network members since the group’s inception in 2016. This consultation document was disseminated widely by the Strategy Group and there was further organic dissemination via professional networks during the four weeks of the consultation period. The draft vision and action plan reached diverse organisations across the state including:

• Ausdance Queensland • Arts Nexus • Blue Sky View - Makeway Lab project • Brisbane Street Art Festival • Children’s Health Queensland: Arts and Health Advisory Committee

• Createplace • The Creative Ageing Centre • Creative Regions Ltd • Dance Health Alliance • Dance for Parkinson’s Australia • Griffith University • Hands on Art • Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane: Arts Committee and Clinical Directors

• Inala Indigenous Health • The Institute of Urban Indigenous Health • Lutheran Services • Mater Hospital • Mind Blank • Museums and Galleries Queensland

• Opera Queensland • Parkinson’s Queensland • Peripheral Arts • Phoenix Functions • Positive Mindset Creative Arts Festival-Metro South Health

• QUT: research program leaders/senior research management; academics in QUT Creative Industries and QUT Faculty of Health

• Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art

• Queensland Ballet • Queensland Performing Arts Centre • Somatic Touch • State Library of Queensland • St Vincent’s Health Australia • Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance • Thomson Adsett • University of the Sunshine Coast: Arts Research in the Creative Humanities; arts and health cluster; Creative Arts Therapies Research Forum; Faculty of Health and Nursing

We recognise the need for further connections across arts, health, creativity and well-being sectors as well as further long-term consultation with Indigenous leaders and communities.


Appendix 3 Strategy Group Members Owen Allen Arts Nexus Health and Well-being Group Gail Crimmins Lecturer, School of Communication and Creative Industries, University of the Sunshine Coast Michael Balfour Chair and Professor, Applied Theatre, Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching), School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University Kate Eltham Head of Strategic Engagement, Queensland Ballet Fiona Forrest Arts Program Curator, Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane Erica Rose Jeffrey Director, Dance for Parkinson’s Australia Margaret McAllister Professor of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences, Central Queensland University Gillian Ridsdale Engagement Program Coordinator, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology Lynne Seear Manager, Arts-In-Health Program, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service Marianne Wobcke Arts Project Officer, Nurse Home Visitor, Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health Strategy Group Members would like to acknowledge the support of Maz McGann, Sector Development, Institute of Creative Health, in the development of the Vision and Action Plan for the Arts Health Network Queensland.


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Arts Health Network Queensland Vision and Action Plan 2018-2020  

Through working collaboratively across sectors, the Arts Health Network Queensland (AHNQ) aims to be a key driver in a significant shift tow...