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Hilary Moss is Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and until recently the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. Podcast – Paula Higgins.mp3 (size 14.7 MB) Paula Higgins, Music Therapist, currently working with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services recently released a music album ‘It Made You’, a collaborative song-writing project between singer-songwriter, Sean Millar, and over 90 service users who were resident in St Patrick’s between December 2014 and May 2015.arts and health

However, we’re confident that the building blocks bringing us this far have moved Art in Healthcare significantly along the journey of service development and we’re realising that we’re able to contribute a great deal more than we ever envisaged as an arts and health charity through using quite a different approach.arts and healtharts and health

Not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities will be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease.

During the break-out sessions I facilitated a well attended workshop using creative arts and drama methods with a group of dietitians drawing on the powerful image of the kitchen as a significant place to access meaningful connections through visualization and memory.

The purpose was not to provide a recipe for change nor to dictate the methodologies for transformation but rather to begin to illuminate true stories and create spaces for possibility, innovation and critical thinking that may, even in this early phase of development, lead to eventual change and solutions around caregiving and feeding family that could ultimately improve health and quality of life for caregivers and older Canadians.