International Advisory Board
Margret Meagher is the founding Executive Director of Arts and Health Australia, the national advocacy and networking organisation dedicated to promoting the positive impact of the arts and creative expression on health and wellbeing - both for individuals and communities.
Following a career in arts management and marketing communications spanning 30 years, Margret has been specifically working in the field of arts and health for the past decade. She is a specialist in healthy ageing through the arts and humanities and has founded the Australian Centre for Creative Ageing.
Margret is Adjunct Senior Lecturer and Research Academic at the College of Fine Arts (COFA) at the University of New South Wales and is working with COFA in establishing the Chair of Arts and Health, which will undertake arts and health research and introduce an arts and health curriculum from 2013.
Margret is a member of the NSW Government Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (MACA) and chairs a sub-committee on creative ageing as part of the whole of government ageing strategy to be launched in 2012. She is also writing a book on creative ageing for publication in 2013.
Arts and Health Australia is the convenor of an annual international arts and health conference to showcase best practice programs and research in Australia and internationally across primary and acute care, community health, health promotion, aged care and education (www.artsandhealth.org). Conferences include Glasshouse Arts Centre Port Macquarie NSW (2009), University of Melbourne Victoria (2010), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2011), University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Western Australia (2012), College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney (2013). Events are also being planned for Asia.