The Arts in Health Program integrates arts into NSW Health capital works to create engaging public health spaces and improve clinical health and wellbeing outcomes for patients, staff and visitors.
Health Infrastructure delivers the program in partnership with Local Health Districts, artists and communities as part of NSW Health’s $11.9 billion capital works program.
Exposure to the arts has a profoundly beneficial impact, improving patient health and wellbeing and through its use in health promotion and messaging, improving health literacy for individuals and the wider community.
Arts in Health engages artists and uses all art forms including visual, performing, dramatic, literature and heritage arts to connect health services and the communities they serve.
It provides opportunities for artists to create socially engaged work through inter-disciplinary collaboration with communities, hospitals, medical science and research, architects, and designers.
Arts in Health supports spaces for First Nations culture by providing opportunities for First Nations artists and organisations, with projects founded in community engagement and consultation.
- improves patient, visitor, staff, and carer experiences.
- amplifies the voices of some of our most vulnerable communities in Health Infrastructure projects, with the aim of improving clinical and population health outcomes.
- enables NSW Health to deliver on objectives set out in the NSW Health and the Arts Framework.