Creative Ageing Forum

Next date: Monday, 19 April 2021 | 09:30 AM to 03:00 PM

A professional development day for health care workers and artists working in the aged care industry.

Creative Ageing Forum

The focus will be on creative programming, art therapy, and creative aging.

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9.30 am: Arrive, register, welcome.

9.45 am: Presentation: Creative Ageing and Wellbeing Programs - Dr Helena Bezzina, Art Therapist

10.30am: Morning tea provided

11am: Presentation and Film Project: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Husband - Grahame Cooper, Leisure and Lifestyle Manager

12pm: Lunch (BYO or browse local shops and cafes)

1pm: Case Study: Drawing Memory – Margaret Rolla, Visual Artist

1:30pm: Presentation: Creative Ageing & Window Therapy - Maurie Voisey-Barlin, Creative Therapeutic Engagement Specialist

2.15 pm: Workshop Creative Communication

3pm: Discussion: What can Museum of Art and Culture/LMCC and other Cultural Venues contribute to the creative aging sector?

This program is hosted by the Museum of Art and Culture and supported by LMCC

Presenter: Dr Helena Bezzina

Dr. Helena Bezzina is a highly experienced Creative Industries professional, artist and academic, having worked in museums, galleries and universities in Australia and South-East Asia for more than 20 years. Helena has a Master’s Degree in Art & Design Education and completed a PhD on the role of museums in positioning national discourse, and has recently completed a Master’s in Art Therapy, focusing on developing wellbeing programs for museums and galleries.

Helena is currently a sessional lecturer with the University of Newcastle, School of Creative Industries, and delivers wellbeing programs at MAC.

Presenter: Grahame Cooper

Grahame Cooper commenced training with the Diversional Therapy Association in 1991 and has worked extensively in residential aged care ever since. He is also a highly regarded writer and has written comedy for TV and radio, numerous plays and the novel, “Vinegar” published in 2013. Grahame has always brought a creative element to lifestyle programming and knows how essential it is for those living in aged care to have the opportunity for creative expression. His passion for inspiring others to think outside the square and facilitate true meaningful engagement with the elderly remains as strong today as it was 30 years ago. Even failing at something new and different is a success!

Presenter : Maurie Voisey-Barlin

Creative Engagement Specialist in Residential Aged Care. Window Therapy Founder & Outside In Collective member.

With the current Covid-19 restricted visiting precautions in place Maurie devised a way of maintaining connection with his elders whilst adhering to strict infection control. He simply appear at their windows. No need to go inside when we can engage via the safety of the glass. This was trialled with the enthusiastic agreement of DCS Suzie Madden & the team at Whiddon Largs & quickly embraced by Merton Living, where both services share my desire to reach this community who currently are missing the outside world & craving contact during Covid-19.

PLEASE NOTE: Window Therapy is a conceptual arts approach. It is not a "therapy".

For the safety and well-being of all participants, safe-distancing and social gathering measures will be practiced and contact details for traceability will be kept. All attendees will be reminded to follow health advice and safe physical distancing by keeping 1.5m apart, maintaining personal hygiene by regularly washing hands, and not attending if they feel unwell. Council reserves the right to cancel the event if deemed in violation with safe COVID practices.

Film: The Mysterious Case of the Missing Husband – a film made by the residents of Whiddon Redhead Residential Aged Care.

Enjoy this short film put together by residents of Whiddon Redhead Residential Aged Care during Covid-19. This madcap caper will have you laughing, and is testament to learning and creating at any age. The film will be introduced by facilitator and director Grahame Cooper.

In early April 2020 when it became evident that COVID19 would be an ongoing disruption to the lives of those living in residential aged care, the Whiddon Redhead Leisure and Lifestyle team embarked on an ambitious project to engage the residents in writing and starring in their own movie. Encouraged by the success of the first few sessions, the residents quickly began to look forward to each “script development workshop” and each week, the laughter and comradery grew and grew (as did the silliness of the script).

Rehearsals, costume suggestions, story boarding and writing sessions took place once or twice each week and were eagerly anticipated by the residents involved. Facilitated by Leisure and Lifestyle Manager, Grahame Cooper (an acclaimed local author and award-winning playwright) the script was given the full professional treatment. Eddie O'Reilly coordinated a fun week of filming and volunteered to take over the mammoth task of editing.

Further Screens open for bookings: Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22 April 11am – 12noon


  • Monday, 19 April 2021 | 09:30 AM - 03:00 PM


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