Arts & Health: Spread the Word
Aboriginal arts and health
Spread the Word is a 2012-2013 project of Arts OutWest that promotes healthy lifestyle and raises awareness of chronic disease to Aboriginal communities in the NSW Central West. This Local Community Campaign was developed with funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Health and Ageing.
Spread the Word is delivered in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Unit and the Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Strategy (AMIHS) and will involve a variety of artforms to help educate people about chronic disease and encourage healthy lifestyles. The health promotions officer position receives support from Verto.
Funding for program continued until 2014 (phase 2)
In July 2013 we foudn out that 'Spread the Word' had been given another 12 months of funding by the federal government. That means we're tweaking the program and offering up another round of arts and health activities to communities in the NSW Central West. To get involved contact Anna or Christine.
Anna Evans, Health Promotions Officer (leave a message with the office) 6338 4657 or call (mobile) 0408 867 354 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine McMillan, Arts and Health Coordinator 02 6330 5228 (Wed- Fri) Christine.McMillan@gwahs.health.nsw.gov.au
Work made 2012-2013 (phase one) went on show at three public showcases at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (May 21, 2013), at the Ninda Gallery Peak Hill (May 24 and Saturday May 25, 2013) and the Platypus Gallery in Forbes (May 31 and Thursday June 1, 2013).
About the program
The program trains Aboriginal artists in graphic design; uses film, animation and hip hop activities; and works with Aboriginal pregnant women and young mothers through belly-casting and other artwork.
For example, a bellycasting session is attended by health workers who discuss health issues with the participants whilst they work. The participants will take home a completed cast that will remind them of their bond with their child but also the health messages learnt whilst making the peice.
Health campaign materials
Some of the materials made through the Spread the Word program:
The OC - 'One Mob Forever' produced in Orange with Desert Pea Media in May 2013:
Produced in Condobolin in April 2013:
More about the Central West Aboriginal Arts Development Program:
More about Arts OutWest's arts and health program:
Bellycasting training with health workers.
Arts OutWest is the regional arts board of Central West NSW servicing the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin and Wellington. Arts OutWest is supported by Arts NSW and Charles Sturt University.
The Arts OutWest region is Wiradjuri country.
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