Finalis​​t for Enhancing Patient Experience through the Arts

Hunte​r New England Local Health District (HNELHD)


The Gomeroi Gaaynggal Arts Health/Research Programs work with Indigenous women to improve health literacy, access to services, and well-being during their perinatal period. An Indigenous artist guides creative activities to encourage selfexpression through a variety of media. While undertaking this, health professionals including dieticians, midwives, community and oral health practitioners, attend the art studio and engage in creative activities of their own.

This innovative approach encourages two-way learning between professionals and participants. Participants can assist health professionals in developing their artistic skills and health professionals can explain aspects of health that are a part of their creative piece.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that these women have reduced weight, increased exercise and improved the diet of their families.​​​​​​​​

Page Updated: Wednesday 26 October 2016