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Health humanities

A holistic approach to health promotion

We holistically explore how the arts and humanities can promote human health and wellbeing in hospitals, households, and communities.

We’re creating space to explore innovative approaches to health promotion through incorporating the arts and humanities in hospitals, residential and community settings. 

We offer a complementary and constructive set of approaches to understanding health, its meanings, communication, and promotion. We also reflect on its social, cultural, political, ethical, and spiritual dimensions and contexts.

Our work connects humanities, social and health science scholars, medical and health professionals, voluntary sector workers, family carers, and creative practitioners to develop strategies that incorporate arts into health and wellbeing programs.

New ways of expressing heath and wellbeing will emerge from using the practices of the arts, literature, languages, media and communication, sociology, cultural and gender studies, law, history, philosophy, and religion. These findings will contribute to major challenges and opportunities in contemporary health, medicine, wellbeing, science and technology. 

  • Dr Olaf Werder, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney [Project lead]
  • Associate Professor Ruth Barcan, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Linda Barwick, Music, University of Sydney
  • Dr Clint Bracknell, Music, University of Sydney
  • Dr Fiona Giles, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Gerard Goggin, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Claire Hooker, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Kimberley Ivory, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jay Johnston, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chin Jou, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Ian Maxwell, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Helen Mitchell, Music, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Ainsley Newson, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Marina Robinson, Music, University of Sydney
  • Helen Stasa, Nursing, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Susan Thomas, Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Myfany Turpin, Music, University of Sydney