Performance and Health

The Sydney Arts and Health Collective
In collaboration with colleagues from the Sydney Medical School, the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine, the Faculty of Nursing and industry partners, Dr Paul Dwyer has been developing a program of applied theatre workshops designed to help medical students, interns and their teachers articulate the kind of cultural change they want to see in health workforces. While the initial impetus for this work has been a response to widespread reports of bullying and discrimination in medical training, the project also looks more broadly at the role of arts-based practices as a means of re-humanising medical practice and involves seminars, symposia and workshops with guest artists-in-residence

The Lives of Actors
Associate Professor Ian Maxwell and Dr Mark Seton are currently completing a co-written book, with Marianna Szabo, reporting the findings of the Actors’ Wellbeing Study, undertaken in collaboration with Actors’ Equity Australia. The study involved an extensive survey of Australian actors, yielding findings in relation to training, income, health, and psychological wellbeing. In addition, in 2016 we will publish a preliminary report on a study, using the same instruments, undertaken in Aotearoa New Zealand in collaboration with Equity NZ.

Researchers in Performance and Health are:
Dr Paul Dwyer
Associate Professor Ian Maxwell
Dr Mark Seton (Honorary Research Associate) [profile info needs to be provided]