AMaGA submission to PC Inquiry into Mental Health
AMaGA has lodged a submission in response to the current Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Economic Impacts of Mental Ill-Health.
The Commission prepared an Issues Paper as a guide and our submission focused on their highlighted areas of social participation and inclusion, and the links with health and wellbeing.
We stated that: There are several interlinked ways in which to understand the actual or potential roles of museums and galleries and mental health:
- Access: how access to museums and galleries, interaction with collections, and participation in programs supports mental health
- Practice: the representation of mental health issues in museum practice, such as exhibitions and education programs
- Employment: the opportunities for employment in the sector for those living with mental illness
- Advocacy: how the sector can advocate with and use a collaborative activist approach to change the lives of those living with mental illness.
Read the full submission here – it makes several recommendations, advises on the importance of implementing the Indigenous Roadmap, and contains links to useful research data and reports.