Exciting New Course in Creativity & Health


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05 Nov '19
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Shape brighter futures through creative practice

If you're a health professional who works with children or young people, or a creative working in a health care setting, would you like a toolkit of creative solutions to help them shine bright too?

We've partnered with The University of Melbourne to create a new Specialist Certificate in Creativity and Health - which is entirely online.

Designed for health professionals using creative practices in their work as well as creatives working in a health care setting, the course provides a theoretical foundation and supports students to critically evaluate their performance-based programs in healthcare. This will enable them to have an even more positive impact on the people they support.

Course participants will come from a diverse range of creative backgrounds and settings. They'll be required to reflect on and share their current practice, ideas and knowledge, as this exchange of ideas helps students to reflect on their own programs. The course also involves an applied element, with students undertaking projects in their own workplace.

Lawrence Ashford from Starlight is a performer and theatre maker, with over seven years' experience providing creative programs in paediatric hospitals. He contributed to the development of the course.

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Arts in health is one of the fastest-growing areas of academic study. There's an increasing awareness that incorporating the arts, creativity, theatre and performance into the healthcare setting has significant positive health benefits, and this course will help participants implement these creative approaches.
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"Completing the modules will be an incredible experience for health practitioners working with, or wanting to work with, children and young people. Creative people who are dedicated to their careers and want the best possible outcomes for the kids they work with."

"It was important we develop the course for people with varied experience in this area of creativity and performance, so they can feel confident creating a program tailored to their area of work. It's really exciting!"

Emily on stage

The Commitment

6 months part time, delivered entirely online providing flexibility to design study times around other commitments and study preferences.

What You'll Learn

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the theory of performance and how it can be applied to increase wellbeing
  • Apply theories founded on evidence-based practice
  • Critically evaluate performance programs and their efficacy in health settings
  • Develop, implement and evaluate performance-based programs in healthcare services.

Key Dates

This course is available Term 2 2020 only. Applications close 6 April 2020.

For more information or to register your interest, visit The University of Melbourne's website

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