Arts in Health study: the contribution to community health and wellbeing of APY art centres

Project partners

Flinders University

Ananguku Arts and Culture
Aboriginal Corporation

Centre for Remote Health

Poche Foundation

Palya Fund

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We are always talking about the benefits art centres deliver to Indigenous community health and wellbeing. Now, doctoral student Maree Meredith will undertake a study to identify the health promoting benefits of art centres on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. The research project will be conducted over a 3 year period and is a mixed method study which will require Maree to work extensively with indigenous and non-indigenous stakeholders undertaking participant observation, case studies, qualitative interviews and Indigenous designed survey data.

About Maree Meredith
Maree’s interest in health came about as a cadet with the Northern Territory Health Department working in women’s health policy. Maree was also an intern with Danila Dilba Health Services in Darwin and completed her Honours degree at the Charles Darwin University in Anthropology. She went on to train with the AusAID graduate program and worked on the Australian Non-Government Cooperation Program, Papua New Guinea Health and HIV/AIDS desks. After this training in Canberra Maree worked with the Central Land Council (CLC) in a number of positions over a period of 5 years. She was able to work with Anangu on a number of projects mainly in the field of tourism development. In 2010 Maree headed back to Canberra to study. She graduated with a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the ANU in 2010.

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