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  • Writer's pictureDiane Busuttil

The Festival of Care

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

A festival of arts-based interventions offers techniques to enhance the mental health and well-being of hospital staff. Diane worked with Alon Ilsar, co-designer of a new interface for electronic percussion called AirSticks on Monday the 18th of September at Randwick Hospital NSW. The Festival runs from 11 - 22 September 2023. A collaboration between South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and UNSW Sydney ADA Innovation Hub + BARC.

“Sharing stories through different mediums in a supportive environment can be very beneficial, enhancing agency and capacity for psycho-social wellbeing.

Recognizing that as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, staff in healthcare facilities continue to experience high levels of workplace pressure and stress, the Festival of Care looks at ways to start conversations as well as provide connections to further support. The program includes a variety of interventions ranging from ambient live music, awkward conversations, artists in residence, craft-making, VR for wellbeing programs and resources, through to age care programs.

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