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Bond shows art is good medicine

January 7, 2015

Bond University medical students will showcase their artistic side, in a unique exhibition aimed at putting the spotlight on the humanity of medicine.

The Art is Good Medicine exhibit will be held on March 12, from 6pm to 8pm, in the Gregor Heiner Foyer of Bond's medical school, and is open to members of the public.

The exhibition will comprise more than 25 mixed-media artworks created by second year medical students, covering a diverse range of medical fields, including mental health, oncology, transplant, hospice and paediatrics Bond University clinical ethicist Professor Katrina Bramstedt said the annual exhibition, now in its second year, aimed to celebrate students' creative expression and the humanity of medicine.

"There are a number of research studies that show empathetic practice and doctor-patient communication are enhanced by medical students’ participation in the humanities," she said.

"As such, we see art education as an important part of our medical program in creating doctors who not only have the knowledge to provide sound assessments and advice but a compassionate and caring bedside manner.

"Each year, a diverse range of artworks are displayed at this exhibition, from beautiful representations of the body and vital organs, to pieces that delve into topics such as mental health, obstetrics and palliative care.

"It is also a great way for students to connect with the wider community, who are their future patients."

Professor Bramstedt said last year's art winner, Keys of Happiness by student Natasha Moudgil, investigated the life of a doctor.

"It was a thought provoking piece on the 'rewarding' career of doctors, covering the need for doctors to express themselves in order to deal with the stress, pressure and shift hours associated with a medical career," she said.

Professor Bramstedt said the Art Show Committee had launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising money to support the exhibition.  For further information, visit https://chuffed.org/project/art-is-good-medicine-2015-exhibit/