Arts in health and why it is important Arts in health and why it is important

Arts and healthcare

When patients are involved with the arts as they experience the health care system, studies show it can reduce the length of hospital stays and lower reliance on pain relief medication. Not only can arts in health programs promote healing and recovery, they also improve the emotional wellbeing of patients by providing a constructive and therapeutic outlet for their creativity. The Children’s Health Queensland Arts in Health Program regularly runs interactive art workshops where children can express themselves creatively while most importantly, having fun! The freedom that comes from using their imagination to create art can also help give children in hospital a sense of ownership of their identity—allowing them to feel more like a person rather than a patient.

The Children’s Health Queensland Arts in Health Program regularly brings the outside world into the hospital by arranging special performances, art workshops and educational activities. This helps our patients stay connected to what’s going on in the world, and also provides them with the opportunity to connect, collaborate and engage with each other.

Why arts

Visual art

Visual art

The Queensland Children’s Hospital was built with the needs of patients and families in mind and a diverse range of visual art is interwoven into its design. These artworks bring colour, joy and life to the building, transforming it from a clinical hospital environment to a vibrant and engaging space where imaginations can run wild. Many of the artworks on display were commissioned or selected specifically for the Queensland Children’s Hospital and are culturally significant. From the large-scale atrium installations, to the colourful public lift designs, our visual art collection helps bring the hospital to life. See more of the hospital’s featured artworks on the Our art collection page.

Performance art


Music, theatre and dance performances allow children to be temporarily transported to new and exciting worlds through captivating storytelling and live music recitals.

The Children’s Health Queensland Arts in Health Program works with local cultural organisations to curate diverse and engaging performances for our patients and families.

Interactive art

Interactive art

Interactive art plays a crucial role in the hospital environment, as it allows our patients to express themselves creatively while supporting their learning and development. The Children’s Health Queensland arts in health workshops are often themed to incorporate a cultural or educational aspect into the activity that allows children to learn through creating. From giant colouring activities to music classes, the Children’s Health Queensland Arts in Health Program is committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and educational development of our patients by making sure they have access to interactive, creative experiences.

Establishing an arts in health program

If you are interested in starting an arts in health program at your health facility, we can assist with a range of consultancy services.

Consultancy services

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