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Webinar 1 – Creating Our Future: Spotlight on health and wellbeing

Sep 30, 2020

Watch as the Australia Council research team and special guests explore the data on the theme of health and wellbeing.

This webinar was held on 7 October 2020 at 12pm AEDT.

Guest panellists

  • Ian Drayton: Churchill Fellow and Deputy Director of Innovation and Business Development at the University of Canberra. A former serving member of the Australian Defence Force, Ian’s work focusses cross-industry on the benefits of the creative arts to assist in trauma recovery. Ian developed and implemented the collaborative partnership with the Australian Defence Force to undertake the “Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork & Skills” (ARRTS) program at University of Canberra. The program provides current serving wounded, injured and ill Defence, AFP and Fire & Rescue personnel with the creative skills necessary to assist in recovery from trauma.
  • Frances Robinson: Project Officer, Capacity Building at the Australia Council for the Arts. A champion for wellbeing, access and genuine inclusion at the Australia Council, Frances oversees the Future Leaders Program. She is committed to an equitable arts and cultural sector, which prioritises our wellness and strengthens our connection and understanding of others. As a disability ally, she sees her role as creating space for greater diversity in leadership to support our creative recovery and building a sustainable future for the arts.

About the webinar

Health and wellbeing are growing policy considerations around the world. A growing body of research points to the benefits of the arts and creativity on health and wellbeing, helping meet challenges such as ageing, loneliness, chronic conditions and mental health.

The latest results of Creating Our Future: National Arts Participation Survey tell us that more Australians than ever agree that the arts have a significant impact on our sense and wellbeing and help us deal with stress, anxiety or depression.

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