Arts in health  

The new Shellharbour Hospital project will include a comprehensive Arts and Culture Strategy to create a warm, welcoming and vibrant hospital that promotes health and wellbeing. 

The Arts and Culture Strategy will be prepared and will be included in the Business Case for the new Shellharbour Hospital. The strategy will be developed in the context of the NSW Health: Arts Framework 2016. 

Check out this article for more information about how art in health aims to improve patient, staff and carer experience in health services through cultural engagement. 


The new Shellharbour Hospital development will soon commence the next stage of project planning, exploring how arts can help deliver exciting, welcoming and dynamic spaces for patients, carers, staff and the community. Beautiful artistic spaces can also help with wayfinding and ensure indoor and outdoor spaces complement health service delivery. 

The new Shellharbour Hospital development team is working to develop an Arts in Health Strategy for the new Shellharbour Hospital.


Expressions of interest are being sought for representatives to join the new Shellharbour Hospital development Arts Working Group (AWG). The AWG is responsible for advocating the successful integration of arts for wellbeing, inclusive of heritage elements into the project. 

Participants of the AWG will:

  • collaborate as part of an integrated team
  • support the development and implementation of the arts in health strategy
  • provide redommendations for arts and health opportunities
  • identify possible funding or partnerships for projects and commissions
  • share and discuss arts and health strategies with colleagues to ensure the strategy responds to the interests and culture of our hospital community. 

We will appoint two individual community representatives and two health care workers. 


To be eligible as a community representative, members must live, work or study in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and must meet one of the following criteria:
  • have been a consumer of, or related to, a consumer of health services within the past 12 months
  • demonstrate an interest in arts in health, culture or the creative industries
  • commit to attending meetings and other related activities such as site and studio visits and workshops.

To be eligible as a health care worker you must be a current staff of the Shellharbour Hosptial.

To register, please complete this application form before Friday 9 December 2022. If you are unable to complete the form, please email