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Understanding health care with a paintbrush

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Using painting as a research tool has enabled a new understanding of creativity in cancer support, pharmacy and Aboriginal health.

The eleven paintings in my exhibition Acclaimed and framed: Insights from eight award-winning health professionals were made as part of my doctoral research being conducted at the Charles Sturt University. Each painting represents my response to a conversation with an extraordinary health professional. Taking the paintings back to show them served to further our discussion and allowed us to delve deeper into the topic of creativity. Using art in this way helps to generate ideas, in this case, about the place of creativity in health services.

John Rae

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