ISBN: 978-1-74249-534-7 ISBN: 2201-845X

Australia - International Document

Closing the Gap clearing house: Supporting healthy communities through arts programmes

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Ware V A

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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This paper is based upon the synthesis of findings from over 30 studies, covering all geographic areas from inner city to remote regions, and all age ranges from preschool children to the elderly. Approximately two-thirds of these studies are Australian, with some international studies used to add depth. Approximately half the studies examined programs run in Indigenous communities in Australia and Indigenous communities in the United States, Canada and New Zealand, with additional evidence from other ethnic minority (that is, immigrant) and ethnic majority contexts. The research synthesised in this paper uses a range of research methods to develop this research evidence: predominantly descriptions and critical assessments of programs, as well as evaluations and systematic literature reviews. Several broad areas of benefit emerge in the literature—improvements in health and wellbeing, cultural maintenance and transmission, countering boredom, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, increasing civic engagement and social inclusion, and economic development.

Evidence Type: Literature Review

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Literature Review

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Ware, V. A. (2014). Closing the Gap clearing house: Supporting healthy communities through arts programmes. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.