Research and Humanities in Medical Education- New journal on Health Humanities

Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME) is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal devoted to the Humanities in Medical Education. Its aim is to encourage contributions from and discussion between teachers and students, doctors and patients, the sick and their care-providers, and between health policy makersand policy users.

The Editorial Board invites authors to submit original work relating to Medical Education and Medical Humanities. The work may pertain to (but is not limited to) Innovations in Medical Education, History of Medicine, Narrative Medicine, Graphic Medicine, Disability Studies, and arts-based interventions in medical education and healing (Theater, Poetry, Literature, Films, music and Art, among others). 


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Children and Youth Research Centre

The Children and Youth Research Centre (CYRC) at QUT is a multidisciplinary research environment, led by the Faculty of Education and also partnered with the Faculties of Law, Health, Science and Engineering, Business, and Creative Industries.

CYRC is dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities for Australian children and young people (0 – 25 years). Our goal is to deliver innovative and high-impact research to ensure significant benefits for Australian children and youth, their families, and communities.

Hospital Arts Case Studies - rb&hArts;

Our case studies take an in-depth look at some recent rb&hArts projects, from initial ideas through to final installations and performances, giving an insight into the aims, context, processes and outcomes of our work bringing the arts to two specialist hospitals in the London area.

The Care Ethics Network

"The Care Ethics Network is convened by Dr Tula Brannelly, senior lecturer in nursing at Massey University. Tula’s research interests are in the experiences of health and social policies and practices, with empirical work focused on older and younger people with mental health problems. The purpose of the Care Ethics Network is to enable conversation about the place of care in society. Contributions related to care ethics in theory and practice are welcome.

Something that became very apparent at the Critical Care Conference was the breadth and variety of research and theory development where care ethics is currently used and researched (see the conference programme). As there is such diversity in care ethicists, this site is a space where aspects of care ethics can be discussed, and where care ethicists can advertise events and inform each other of publications. Read more about the Critical Care Conference on their website, which includes keynote speeches and the conference programme."

Nicki & Little Bear

Interactive Drama Therapy Sessions for Children & Families.

Sextou, P. & Hall, S. (2015) 'Hospital theatre: Promoting child well-being in cardiac and cancer wards' Applied Theatre Research, 3:1, pp. 67-84.

Research paper.

Sextou, P. & Patterson, P. (2014) 'Theatre, Society, and Stigma: Mental Illness on Stage'. The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 9 (1), pp. 1-10.

Research paper.

Medical Margins

This is both a blog and a platform for my digital scholarship online projects: 1) Soul Stories, a collection of poetry, prose, photographs, and digital storytelling videos (DSTs) on health and homelessness; and 2) Skid Road, Skid Road: The Intersection of Health and Homelessness, a work-in-progress narrative history, set in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. Skid Road explores the intersection of charity care and homelessness. Skid Road inculdes oral histories, DSTs, photographs, and a collection of linked essays.

LinkedIn Group: Health Humanities Australia

The Australian health humanities network functions as a platform for innovative humanities, arts, social, and health sciences scholars and practitioners in Australia to explore, discuss and develop new approaches in advancing health and wellbeing through the lens of the arts and humanities.
This network aims to move the humanities disciplines in this country into the focus of enquiry into health and healthy living.

BBC Children in Need grant to develop further research on the impact of theatre for children in hosptials

Dr Sextou (MA Contemporary Theatre Practice, 1992) at Newman University has helped to secure a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop its drama department's work in applied theatre and wellbeing which will, in turn, be used to assist children in local hospitals.

The grant, worth £49,349 over three years, will see the university’s CADLab (Community and Applied Drama laboratory) research centre bringing specially-developed drama performances to children’s bedsides while they are in hospital undergoing treatment.

The performances and arts activities will explore the impact of theatrical experience on children’s perception of illness and wellbeing in both healthcare and educational environments.

Medhum Fiction | Daily Dose

Medhum Fiction |Daily Dose is a combined blog that promotes the medical humanities and intersections between self and story. Our mission: promote authors (fiction and non-fiction) and share perspectives about narrative, medicine, history, anthropology and sociology across cultures and disciplines. We seek to engage those working at the intersection, intrepid souls adding to our shared knowledge of what it means to be human.

Health Humanities Node, University of Sydney, Australia

The Charles Perkins Centre research domains and themes are addressed by a network of interlinked project nodes, which involve researchers coming together across disciplines to address questions that align with our research strategy, in innovative ways.

The Health Humanities project node functions as a platform for innovative new approaches to health promotion through the incorporation of arts and humanities in hospitals, residential and community settings.

Intellect books

Sextou, P. (2016), "Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion". Bristol: Intellect.

The Dementia and Wellbeing Network (DAWN)

Western society is being altered significantly by the growing prevalence of the incurable, degenerative group of disorders known as dementia, which will affect 1million in the UK by 2025.

Our expectations of old age are overshadowed by the probability of progressive memory loss, families are under pressure to support frail older members in the community, while health and social care services worldwide are struggling to meet the challenge of unprecedented numbers of people living with memory loss.

The issues thrown up by this phenomenon have implications for scholars in the Arts and Humanities, as well as in the Social Sciences and Medicine, and the Dementia and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) will address one facet of dementia where the interests of many academics from different disciplines converge: the use of the visual and performing arts to promote wellbeing in dementia.

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  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network