13 July 2021
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NSW Creative Ageing Framework 2031
The NSW Government released in April 2021 a framework of information and policy guidelines relating to the concept of creative ageing and the many benefits the arts can deliver to older people.

The framework’s objectives include to:
  • enhance the profile of creative ageing programs in NSW
  • show that creative ageing practice is relevant to a wide range of stakeholders
  • acknowledge the importance of sharing information and learning from good practice
  • endorse collaborative relationships and formal partnerships between stakeholders to increase resources for sustainable creative ageing programs.
The framework has the ultimate aim of supporting older people in NSW to age well, to experience the benefits of living longer, and to enjoy opportunities to participate in, contribute to and be included in their communities. It encourages awareness of ways that participation might be promoted and how programs might be best designed.

Arts Mid North Coast has summarised the 24 page report into six pages of key points and this summary and the full report can be found in our Creative Ageing Resources section of our website at:
Incorporating Movement
into a Health or Care Setting
In Coffs Harbour, April this year as part of Arts Mid North Coast SHINE Festival , a group of aged care and community workers attended a very specialised 2-day workshop by Jess Conneely of Dance4wellbeing. Jess is a dance/ movement artist who works closely with elders in care and community using dance to engage and uplift people who are often isolated, live sedentary lifestyles and perhaps have mobility issues.

The workshop reflected an accredited skill set developed in partnership between Jess (Dance4wellbeing) and TAFE NSW. The program is open to Health and Care professionals such as lifestyle care workers, physios, occupational therapists, rehabilitation, nurses and anyone who may feel that safe adapted tailored movement and music can engage in a wellbeing capacity.

The structure of the training is built to support and build confidence in professionals to focus on connection to people’s past and present hobbies, occupations, music and themes. The objective is to be able to open the training up nationally via TAFE NSW connected learning centres.

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Together We Dance
During the Covid-19 lockdown, 20 women over 65 from Western Sydney met once a week to dance and make a short ZOOM film together. FORM Dance Projects and Creative Caring embarked on this screen dance project over 10 weeks. They met weekly every Tuesday, from their homes – switching on Zoom to dance together and record their moves under the direction of independent dance artist and filmmaker, Diane Busuttil. Joined by the Penrith-based seniors dance group ‘Agile not Fragile,’ FORM’s Feisty Femmes joyfully opened themselves to “Zoom choreography,” experimenting with colour and simple moves.

Through astute editing of class recordings, the creative manipulation of Zoom split screens, Busuttil and Abigail Portman have not only created a moving testimony to the lockdown experienced by our seniors during Covid-19, but demonstrated how essential creativity has been to keep us together.

For more information and to watch the 7 minute film head to

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