Michelle became the inaugural Director of the Centre for Creative Health in 2016. With a background in arts education, event management and philanthropy, and having a career spanning across many government organisations, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as director.
Michelle started her career as a secondary school teacher, before becoming a Tasmania education consultant. Michelle then worked as a Fellow Lecturer at the University of Tasmania where she completed a Master of Education.
Moving into an event management role, Michelle produced a diverse range of events, including stage productions, outdoor river rafting and fishing events; and major events such as Federation celebrations, Special Olympics opening, closing and civic ceremonies, community New Year events, and the bicentenary military tattoo.
Michelle then took a more strategic events role as Regional Event Consultant for Northern Tasmania through Events Tasmania, building the capacity of events to meet national, state and local criteria. This role included collaborating to develop event management tools including the Tasmanian Event Management Guide and helping events meet tourism goals set for the state.
After spending time working in electoral and government roles, Michelle’s focus turned to health. She was Senior Advisor, Events and Engagement for Health Workforce Australia before being appointed as Manager, Major Donors and Bequests for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Michelle has been a member of many state and national Boards, including New Horizons Club, Laurel House, Future Health Leaders, and a range of arts and events organisations. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Chamber Music Adelaide.
Michelle is now able to combine her arts, events and health skills and knowledge with her experience working in government environments and philanthropic organisations to lead the Centre for Creative Health team.
Fiona began working for the Centre for Creative Health in 2017 as the Gallery Coordinator for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and now holds the position of Senior Curator, working across a number of sites in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).
Fiona assists in creating a healing environment within each hospital through regular exhibition programs, artist in residence programs and special projects associated with the visual arts and galleries program.
Fiona’s arts background ensures she is well positioned to deliver outstanding projects and programs within CCH. Fiona earned a Master of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia in 2012, and a Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) and a Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) from the University of Adelaide in 2015.
Undertaking internships with the South Australian Museum and the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (Beijing) led Fiona to work for key arts organisations in Adelaide including the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. From 2016 to 2018 Fiona was an active member of the Board of Co-Directors who ran FELTspace, an established artist-run gallery located in Adelaide’s CBD.
Fiona finds the opportunity to share art with the hospital community to be extremely rewarding and greatly enjoys the challenges of integrating art into the healthcare setting.
Steph’s passion for bringing creative projects to life led her to join the Centre for Creative Health team in 2019 as the Assistant Curator.
Steph has degrees in Art History and Health Sciences (majoring in Nutrition) and experience in the performing arts. In 2018, she was awarded a Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) from the University of Adelaide. She completed Curatorial and Project Officer internships at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2018 and a 12-month internship at Artlink Magazine in 2017.
Having previously worked with Country Arts SA, Steph was selected as the Emerging Curator for 2019 by the Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network and Floating Goose Studios Inc. In 2017, Steph was the recipient of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Excellence Award for Marketing and Development Support.
Steph enjoys combining creativity and health as a practicing Pilates instructor in Adelaide’s Western Suburbs and is interested in the relationship between art and self-regulation. She believes in art’s palpable ability to help people lead more engaged and informed lives and is committed to the promotion of contemporary artists.
Jess is a qualified Art Therapist who began working within the Centre for Creative Health at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2019.
Jess gained a Master of Art Therapy from Western Sydney University and is registered with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA).
She has experience in the areas of disability, mental health and aged care, and has worked in a remote Indigenous community and various community settings.
Jess provides a safe space for patients to take a break from the medical environment and to explore and express their feelings, emotions and experiences through art making. Jess practices a client-centred, strengths-based approach in assisting patients on their healing journey. She aims to give patients a sense of choice and control and helps them to express themselves in image, colour, form and metaphor.
Jess is passionate about integrating creative arts therapies into health care and offering an exciting service to patients of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Brad works with the Centre for Creative Health coordinating the ‘Mule Shed’ Activity Hub at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. As a Diversional Therapist he offers a creative distraction for patients requiring clinical rehabilitation services.
Brad completed a Master of Visual Art in 2010. His thesis focussed on an illustrated investigation into the notion of personal memory as a crucial facet of human existence.
Brad’s work has featured in 14 solo and collaborative exhibitions. He has also spent time as a woodworker. Brad has broad experience across the South Australian arts scene, working in venue construction and management with the Adelaide Festival, Fringe Festival and Garden of Unearthly Delights as well as undertaking stage and set construction for Slingsby Theatre and the South Australian Film Corporation.
With a strong sense of the impact the environment has on people’s wellbeing, combined with his passion and experience, Brad has now moved into a hospital setting. Working with patients on their rehabilitation journey, Brad offers activities and projects, including visual art, woodwork creations, and gardening as diversional activities.
Brad says it has been a privilege to see firsthand the positive impact of the arts within the medical fraternity, and feels incredibly grateful for the experiences he has shared with his patients and the relationships that have grown from those moments.
Estelles’ role as an Art therapist in Central Adelaide Palliative Care will see her working across the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital with both Patients in a hospital setting and in the community.
Holding both an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art therapy and Graduate Diploma of Art Psychotherapy from the IKON Institute and as a member of ANZACATA (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Creative Art Therapist Association) Estelle has worked at Central Adelaide Palliative Care since 2015 and supports patients at end of life and their families.
Previous work in events, media and communications has given Estelle a solid background in the area of understanding visual meaning and ritual. Estelle values the importance of human experience and has a passion for celebrating each person’s unique story. The Art therapy process helps patients explore and understand the Spiritual, Physical and Psychosocial aspects of their life, and end of life experience. Supporting people as they gain greater clarity and resolution of their life experience is a large part of Estelle’s role.
Other areas of work include NDIA managed Clients living with a disability; elderly people and working with children in the areas of grief and bereavement; learning difficulties and trauma.
To work alongside and advocate for people at such a difficult time of life is an honour and a privilege. Placing the patient at the centre of their care, and supporting them to find acceptance and peace, is of utmost importance to Estelle’s practice.
Dr. Patsy Tan is an American Board Certified Music Therapist and Australian Registered Music Therapist. She is also a certified in Neurologic Music Therapy and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy. Patsy is a professional member of the American Music Therapy Association, Australian Music Therapy Association and a founding member of the Association for Music Therapy, Singapore (AMTS). She is also a founding member of the International Association for Music and Medicine where she is currently serving on its scientific committee and editorial board of the Music Medicine Journal.
For the past 25 years, Patsy has worked with a variety of population in the United States, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia as a music therapist including pioneering medical music therapy in Singapore.
Patsy has published in scholarly journals and presented at various professional conferences internationally. Patsy returned to Singapore from the US and joined the Singapore General Hospital ENT in 2005 as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist and music therapist where she established the first music therapy program specifically for hearing impaired children with cochlear implants in aural/oral habilitation. Patsy relocated to Adelaide, Australia in 2016, working at the University of Adelaide and as a music therapist researcher at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Patsy is delighted to join the Creative Health team as the lead Music Therapist from 2020.