Arts and health

Our arts and health initiatives aim to make our hospital environments welcoming places to visit and work in. 

Music therapist with patient in hospital

Arts can play an important role in improving your overall health and wellbeing. As well as performances and exhibitions, we offer a range of visual and performing arts activities to support your recovery.

We encourage you, as a patient, visitor or caregiver, to take part in our arts initiatives in any way you can.

How we incorporate arts in our care

We use the arts to promote your health, healing and recovery, by:

  • Designing our facilities to create welcoming and healing environments by incorporating the arts inside and outside the hospitals and creating areas for relaxation and contemplation.
  • Displaying artworks throughout galleries within our hospitals. We showcase work of wellknown and local artists as well as artworks created by patients, visitors, caregivers, volunteers and members of the community including school students.
  • Regularly hosting performances within our hospitals, providing entertainment for you and your visitors as well as opportunities to be involved in our singing/songwriting workshops, community choirs and other performance groups.
  • Promoting participation in arts activities such as our mobile art studio CARTWHEELS at your bedside, arts workshops and music and arts therapy.
  • Developing partnerships with artists and arts organisations such as Musica Viva to bring new and established artists and arts initiatives into our hospitals.

We continue to investigate and research the benefits of our arts programs on the overall wellbeing of patients, visitors and caregivers. This helps increase the wider knowledge and understanding of the importance of arts for health.

WA Arts and Health Consortium

As a demonstration of our leadership in arts and health, we helped form the WA Arts and Health Consortium, a collaboration between St John of God Health Care, health consumers, arts advocates and government departments.

The consortium’s first project was to map and measure the current level of engagement, support and investment by Western Australian hospitals in arts and health activities, to determine how we can benefit from better use of the arts.