ACAH has been established to represent and influence arts and health practice in Australia, working closely with the sector to form a united vision and movement nationally.
Our mission is to promote and develop the application of creativity and the arts for health and quality of life outcomes for all people in Australia, regardless of age, race, gender or religious or political persuasion.
To foster co-operation, information and resource sharing between groups and individuals to ensure effective and efficient use of arts and creative services to meet the needs of people with disabilities and/or disadvantage.
To provide a direct link, through consultative processes, with government and non-government organisations involved in, or intending to be involved in, the field of the arts and creative expression.
The 8th Annual International Arts and Health Conference The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing will be held from 16-18 November 2016 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
The overarching theme of the conference is "Mental Health and Resilience through the Arts". Three key areas of practice and research will be explored: Mental Health and Resilience, Health and the Arts in Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Health Promotion, Creative Ageing
In 2017/18 The Australian Centre for Arts and Health (ACAH) and UNSW Art & Design are collaborating on a pioneering arts and health festival concept, with a special focus on mental health. Under development since 2014, the inaugural Asia Pacific Arts for Health Festivals are planned for October / November 2017 and 2018 - with the respective themes of "Arts and Anxiety" and "Arts and Dementia".
The Australian Centre for Arts and Health (ACAH) is a not-for-profit health promotion charity with DGR status, building on the achievements of national advocacy and networking organization Arts and Health Australia (AHA).
ACAH is an organisation with outstanding international connections and stands alongside peak bodies in the UK (National Alliance for Arts); EU (Long Live Arts); USA (National Organisation for Arts Health & National Center for Creative Aging); Canada (Arts Health Network Canada). ACAH is also supporting new arts and health initiatives under development in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Professor the Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Dame Marie Roslyn Bashir AD, CVO is the former and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales. Born in Narrandera, New South Wales, Professor Bashir graduated from the University of Sydney in 1956 and held various medical positions, with a particular emphasis in psychiatry. In 1993 Professor Bashir was appointed the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the Central Sydney Area Health Service, a position she held until appointed Governor on 1 March 2001. She has also served as the Chancellor of the University of Sydney (2007-2012).
Professor Bashir retired on 1 October 2014, and was succeeded as Governor by General David Hurley.
Margret Meagher - Founding Director
Margret Meagher is the founding executive director of Arts and Health Australia, the national networking and advocacy organization, dedicated to the promotion of best practice arts and health policy, programs, medical education and research.
Margret is also a founding board member of The Australian Centre for Arts and Health Limited, a not-for-profit organization, established as the peak body for the arts and health sector nationally and representing Australia within the international arts and health field.
Malcolm R Moir
Malcolm has worked in the arts and events area since 1981 and held positions ranging from Box Office Co-ordinator to Sponsorship Manager to General Manager.
He has worked for organisations including Opera Australia, the Sydney Opera House, Opera New Zealand, SOCOG, Powerhouse Museum, and Sydney Festival. He has freelanced on many other projects including The Phantom of the Opera and Sensation.
While he has a wide range of experience through these organisations the Sydney Festival has been the most significant having worked on 16 of the 39 Festivals and attended many of the others as a member of the public. Sydney Festival raises $19 million annually, with 40% of this drawn from the corporate sector.
Denis Mamo brings 35 years experience in marketing and advertising with agencies such as Ogilvy, Mojo and Clemenger BBDO.
As Group Creative Director of Ursa, a health and wellness advertising agency, Denis' campaigns helped thousands of people lose weight, give up smoking, break free from HEP C, manage their diabetes, avoid heart attacks, prevent allergies, treat coughs, and fall pregnant (for which he claims no personal responsibility).
Denis has two campaigns currently running for the Federal Department of Health. Breast Screening. It's an invitation that could save your life and A gift for living for bowel screening. His Listen out for Lung Cancer campaign for Cancer Institute NSW has been running for over two years with continued success.