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Arts and cultural activity are crucial for effective disaster management

In this presentation, Dr. Claire Hooker will provide an overview of arts- and culture-engaged disaster management studies to date.

Dr Claire Hooker is an Associate Professor in Health and Medical Humanities at Sydney Health Ethics and President of the Arts Health Network NSW/ACT. She undertakes research and advocacy in two areas – risk communication, particularly in relation to infectious disease, and the creative arts and health. Her approach centres a practice of listening to and honouring the perspectives and expertise of all knowledge holders and knowledge users, to create spaces where people from different backgrounds and disciplines can work together to improve health.

With the Sydney Arts and Health Collective, she has used verbatim theatre and drama to understand and improve healthcare workplace training, culture and communication, through the Collective’s play Grace Under Pressure and the Grace Under Pressure workshops, which use acting techniques to build strong, values-based repertoire for communication.



Sep 21 2023


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Ross N120
Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change


Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change
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