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Changing lives through art

What if doctors didn’t always prescribe drugs for the ageing population?
What if they prescribed art in all its rich and enriching forms?

HammondCare’s Arts on Prescription is a fun, engaging, and practical program open to people over the age of 65 who live at home and have unmet health and wellness needs.

As part of the program, experienced artists work with small groups to help participants explore their own creativity and learn new skills - while at the same time focusing on specific health and wellness needs.

Each prescribed program runs for eight weeks at a time, with participants attending one to two classes per week. 12 experienced artists specialising in a range of artistic forms from painting, visual arts, theatre, photography, music, writing and dance teach the classes.

Programs are run at HammondCare’s Centre for Positive Ageing and Care at Hammondville and at HammondCare North Turramurra. There is no cost to attend, but participants will require their own means of transport.

Interested in the program? Contact the HammondCare Centre for Positive Ageing on 02 8788 3900, or by email, at

This program is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, and is in partnership with the University of New South Wales.

This program has had such a positive impact so far but we need your support to continue to expand and make Arts on Prescription available for many more who need it.

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