Public Health Seminar - "Doing good" Taking risks in the arts and health in the Asia Pacific

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A Department of Public Health seminar presented by Dr Patricia Fenner.

Wednesday 18 September 2019 01:00 pm until Wednesday 18 September 2019 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Merilyn Riley, Susan Chong;
Presented by:
Patricia Fenner
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In this seminar Patricia will present on ethical and practice issues involved in undertaking international work in the arts and health. Responding to invitations from mental health and community services in pacific island nations and in South East Asia presents cultural challenges and risk for the well-intended, Western-educated art therapist. Immersed in new settings where (western) building block constructs of ‘art’ and the ‘self’ may be cast differently, can mean working at the edge of one’s interpersonal and intercultural awareness and skill.

Patricia Fenner is Discipline Lead and Course Coordinator of the post graduate Art Therapy program at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is a researcher with diverse interests in art-based research, art making and mental health recovery and in how the everyday material settings of our work play a role in what occurs in practice. In addition to conducting research in the domestic context Patricia has provided consultancy and undertaken research on art making and mental health recovery with mental health services and universities in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to working in the university sector, she worked in diverse contexts including public mental health and school education, as well as, as a community artist in both Melbourne and Berlin.

Lecture details

1.00-2.00 pm, Wednesday 18 September 2019
Bundoora: HS1 115 (light lunch provided); Collins St: Room 360C-2.20D (video conference).

If you will attend the Bundoora venue please RSVP for catering purposes.


For more information please contact Merilyn Riley or Susan Chong.

Merilyn and Susan also welcome colleagues who would like to present at the seminar, and suggestions for speakers.


Health Science 1, La Trobe University, Bundoora Victoria 3083



15th Sep 2019 9:31pm

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