Speakers: Odd Håpnes, Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health
Dr Christina Davies, School of Population Health, University of Western Australia
Chair: Nick Ewbank, Nick Ewbank Associates / Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
As pressure on health resources grow, many are calling for innovative solutions that provide members of the general population with knowledge, choice and capacity to attain higher levels of wellbeing and self-care. The arts may have a unique contribution to make to mental health, but evidence-based, dose–response research about (1) the general population, and (2) the art people do as part of their everyday life, for enjoyment, entertainment or as a hobby, rather than therapy, is limited.
In the first section of this webinar Dr Christina Davies will present her latest paper ‘The art of being mentally healthy’, which provides evidence of an association between 2hrs/week of arts engagement and mental wellbeing in the general population. Dr Davies is a Research Fellow at the School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia. Her multi-award winning research relates to the fields of ‘arts and health’, mental health and health promotion evaluation.
The second part of this webinar, presented by Odd Hâpnes, will cover recent significant advances in Norwegian research and its impact on national policy making. Population based cohort studies at the HUNT Research Centre, based in Levanger, show that those who participate in cultural activities “experience better health, are more satisfied with their lives and have less occurrence of anxiety and depression.” (Cuypers, Koenraad et al., 2011). Such research has played an increasingly important role in policy making in Norway over the last fifteen years. In 2014 the Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health was established; and in 2015 a national educational programme for music-based caregiving for people with dementia commenced.