Arts, Creativity and Mental Wellbeing Policy Development Program

About the program

The Arts, Creativity and Mental Wellbeing Policy Development Program was a 4-month series of discussions that ran from February to May 2022, seeking to better embed arts and creativity in government programs to support mental health and wellbeing. The program engaged people from the arts, mental health sector, community organisations, research, policy and various portfolios of government to develop a series of policy proposals and/or recommendations.

A report on the program will be made available in August. This report will include a series of policy recommendations that will be taken to government, and areas of identified strategic priority for the sector.

In the meantime, this page holds some of the public-facing materials produced by the 4-month program.

Program videos

Click on the videos to display the following recordings:

  • Introduction to the program by Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission. Broadcast live on 25 February 2022
  • Panel discussion between Jill Bennett, Rachel Green, Janine Mohammed and Jeremy Thorpe, chaired by Feyi Akindoyeni. Broadcast live on Friday 25 March 2022
  • Conversation between Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology and Epidemiology at University College London, and Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, chaired by Magdelena Moreno Mujica, Executive Director of IFACCA. Pre-recorded and distributed as part of the policy development program.
  • Jill Bennett, ARC Laureate Fellow at UNSW and founding Director of The Big Anxiety Festival and The Big Anxiety Research Centre
  • Katherine Boydell, Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute and Professor of Medicine at UNSW
  • Phil Evans, Principal Advisor, Te Ao Māori Strategy and Policy, New Zealand Treasury
  • Rachel Green, CEO, SANE Australia
  • Janine Mohamed, CEO, Lowitja Institute
  • Christine Morgan, CEO, National Mental Health Commission
  • Kerryn PennellChief of Strategy and Policy, Orygen
  • Meaghan Telford, Senior Executive, External Affairs and Government, Medibank
  • Jeremy Thorpe, Chief Economist, PwC
  • Brigette Uren, Chair, Arts in Health Community of Practice at Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance
  • Leanne Wells, CEO, Consumers Health Forum
  • Marianne Wobcke, Girramay woman, trained nurse and midwife, cultural practitioner.

Case Studies and Forum

In November 2021, the Council also held an Arts, Creativity and Mental Wellbeing Forum as a precursor to the 4-month program. Through this Forum, the Council also launched a series of video case studies that demonstrate the benefits of arts engagement for wellbeing across a diversity of demographics. Links to these resources below.