In 2013, the Standing Council on Health and the Meeting of Cultural Ministers endorsed the National Arts and Health Framework.

This framework has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches into health promotion, services, settings and facilities.

The framework contains links to a range of information relating to arts and health practice including resources, research findings and evidence of the value of a collaborative approach to arts and health. The framework also provides links to examples of approaches to arts and health.

It has relevance for all agencies, departments and organisations with a role in promoting health and wellbeing and in delivering health care and services, including arts agencies and all those already engaging with arts and health practice.

This framework provides the necessary information and guidance to assist State and Territory governments to evaluate existing programs, consider new directions and identify new partners to support arts and health initiatives appropriate to each jurisdiction.

The framework will be updated each year to ensure the links are current.