Australia - International Document

An Arts on Prescription Model to promote Healthy and Active Ageing

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Poulos C

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Hammond Care


This report introduces HammondCare’s Arts on Prescription Model and it serves as a guide for programs who would like to connect arts, health, and wellbeing like so. For HammondCare’s Arts on Prescription Model, members of the community in Sydney 65 years and older with referrals from healthcare practitioners are eligible for short-term arts programs delivered by professional artists.

Through 10-week sessions, in their chosen medium of art i.e. music, drama and poetry performance, clay work, artistic photography, and dance, participants learn to become more confident about their skills and ideas in expressing their artworks – sessions shift from being artist-led to be more participant-driven.

This report has recommendations for other programs on how best to set up their own Arts on Prescription based on the success that HammondCare has had in Australia.

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

APA Citation:

Poulos, C. (2017). An arts on prescription model to promote healthy and active ageing. Australia:Hammond Care.