Creative Industries


31 August 2017

On Wednesday 9 August, eight Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) academics presented on their research to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) clinicians, medical staff and invited industry representatives.

The seminar was developed by Gillian Ridsdale, CIF Engagement Program Coordinator, in collaboration with Lynne Seear, Manager, Arts-in-Health Program for Child Health Queensland. Arts-in-Health programs are internationally recognised as improving the hospital experience by promoting the power of the creative imagination.

Under Lynne’s leadership, the Arts-in-Health program at LCCH, encompasses a diverse range of visual art, interactive creative events, and performance pieces that transform the hospital into the warm, supportive and engaging environment needed to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

For Professor Greg Hearn, Interim Director of the QUT Creative Lab and Director of Commercial Research and Development, “Art and Design led interventions in health care are both well established in tradition - as well as evolving rapidly to encompass digital approaches".

The seminar on Creative Health: How Design and the Arts are making a difference in Health Care provided a capacity building opportunity for CIF staff to showcase the process and outcomes of their health care related research projects, and connect with targeted industry stakeholders at LCCH.

Fionnagh Dougan, Chief Executive, Child Health Queensland, opened the seminar and spoke about the hospital’s commitment to leading life-changing care for children and young people, and working collaboratively with partners to deliver sustainable, high value health services driven by continuous improvement, creativity and innovation.

QUT Creative Lab is at the forefront of building high impact, transdisciplinary research and creative practice at QUT, leveraging digital technologies to support innovation in the creative, performing, and screen arts.

Researchers from QUT Creative Lab and the School of Creative Practice shared their health-related projects at the seminar.  Associate Professor Bree Hadley spoke about Arts, Health, and the NDIS, followed by Professor Gene Moyle on Creative Health by Stealth – Music, Mood and Movement and Associate Professor Michael Whelan on Creative Practice and Strength-based Inclusion.

QUT Design Lab employs bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research to tackle major societal challenges across health and wellbeing, community, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and culture and environment.

Researchers from the QUT Design Lab and School of Design provided insights on a range of topics.  Associate Professor Thea Blackler spoke about Children’s intuitive interaction with tangible and intangible interfaces, Dr. Veronica Garcia-Hansen on Lighting in spaces for health and well-being, Dr Jeremy Kerr on The CRC Autism and Education Horizon projects, Dr Deb Polson on Ocean Holiday Adventure and Dr Oksana Zelenko on Health apps for young people.

The ‘speed dating’ format ensured that the presentations were concise, inspiring and on message. The presentations were followed by a Q+A and enthusiastic networking over afternoon tea, kindly provided by LCCH.

The seminar elicited a very positive response from attendees, with much discussion on how CIF research expertise could be applied to the health care setting of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

QUT Creative Industries
Gillian Ridsdale
07 3138 0448

QUT Creative Industries academics present to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital clinicians, medical staff and invited industry representatives


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