In conversation with the Australia Council

In conversation with the Australia Council - Session 2

Topic: Arts, creativity and wellbeing

Date: Thursday 10 December 2020

Time: 8pm AEDT

Guest panellists: 

  • Georgie Harman, CEO, Beyond Blue: Georgie has significant and broad-ranging leadership, policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors. Georgie was appointed as the CEO of Beyond Blue in May 2014 where she has led a significant expansion of effort and results in service innovation, suicide prevention and digital solutions. Previously, she helped set up and was the Deputy CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, providing independent advice to government on reform. 
  • Adrian Collette AM, CEO, Australia Council for the Arts: Mr Collette (NSW) held the position of Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company for 16 years. He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director, Reed Books, a Division of Reed Elsevier. His previous role of Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne included the oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many arts sector partnerships. He served on the Australia Council Board since 1 July 2013.

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About this episode

When it comes to public and private investment in the arts, more than half of Australians think funding should ensure that arts and creative experiences are available to support people’s health and wellbeing. Join Georgie Harman and Adrian Collette to discuss the arts and the mental health sectors' joint goals, and examples of how working collaboratively can help to meet major challenges regarding ageing, loneliness, long term conditions and mental health.

About the series

Discussing the importance and impact of good public policy to ensure a healthy Australia following the recent year of devastation, join subject matter experts to explore the economic, social and cultural value of creativity for all Australians.

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