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This unit explores historical and current case studies of creative arts practitioners from a range of cultural contexts living with physical or mental illness and the ways this is reflected or subsumed in their work. This engagement with creative work provides valuable perspective on lived experience and insights into the impacts of acquired or congenital disability or illness on the creative process and the impacts of the arts on health and wellbeing of individuals. The unit will draw on perspectives and literature of Health Humanities that reinforce empathy in engagement with people experiencing physical or mental illness and promotes patient-centred care and can underpin and enhance a current or future role in planning or delivery of arts programs in the healthcare settings and the community.

Summary 2021

Unit name Perspectives of the Arts on Health and Wellbeing
Unit code FXA302
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and reflect critically on the impact of illness and disability on creativity and the role of creative work as expression and coping mechanisms.
  2. Synthesise knowledge, research skills, and cultural awareness to inform empathetic person-centred care employing the creative arts.
  3. Propose solutions to problems in real-life scenarios of the use of creative arts to promote health and wellbeing.
  4. Communicate effectively to general and specialist audiences demonstrating creativity and interdisciplinary understandings of the interrelationships between creative arts, health and wellbeing.





Teaching Pattern

Fully online


Task 1: Quiz (20%)

Task 2: Poster presentation (30%)

Task 3: Contribution to online discussions (10%)

Task 4: Essay (40%)

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