The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) and Regional Arts Australia (RAA) have welcomed the appointment of a special NSW Taskforce to promote health and the arts. Both organisations value the positive benefits that collaborations between the arts and health sectors can play in promoting good health and wellbeing.
“The NRHA has been a keen supporter of various arts activities because of their beneficial effects on people's health," said CEO Gordon Gregory. "There's plenty of evidence of the positive effects of arts as therapy, for communicating health messages, and as a centrepiece for healthy community development," he said.
The delegates at successive National Rural Health Conferences have made recommendations about the desirability of governments doing more to enhance arts and health policies.
"It is very encouraging to see the NSW Government becoming more strongly engaged," Mr Gregory said. "We urge all NSW arts and health practitioners and supporters to get involved with the Taskforce and its consultations.”
John Oster, Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia, also endorsed the NSW initiative to implement the National Arts and Health Framework.
“There is strong evidence that in working together in both the arts and health environments we can provide not just creative outlets for people, but also support the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities," Mr Oster said.
"We are very keen to pursue our relationship with the NRHA to work for healthier creative communities in rural, regional and remote Australia. I particularly want to commend the work of Regional Arts NSW which has actively pursued these objectives across a range of regional arts projects,” he said.
Full details of the NSW Taskforce can be found at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/arts/
Link to: National Arts and Health Framework
Gordon Gregory (Chief Executive)
John Oster (Executive Director)