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WEBINAR: Integrating Psychological Wellbeing into Performing Arts Training

with Dr. Margaret Osborne, Prof. Gene Moyle & Dr. Fleur van Rens

18 August, 7.30pm – 8.30pm (AEST)

Online Event



ASPAH 2021 Conference

20 – 21  November, 2021

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


NB: At this time, due to the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ASPAH Executive Committee has made the decision to postpone this year’s conference until 2021. The 2021 conference will go ahead at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre, as was planned for 2020, but with revised dates of  20-21 November, 2021. Our current call for abstracts will therefore be put on hold until early 2021. We thank all ASPAH members for their ongoing support during this difficult time and look forward to hosting an inspiring and thought-provoking conference in 2021.


In the meantime, we are hosting a series of online events for 2020, with the aim of keeping our members feeling connected and engaged with all aspects of performing arts healthcare. We’re keen to hear from members about specific topics you’re interested in, so please send any suggestions for webinar topics to


WEBINAR: Understanding the embouchure – structure, function and managing common issues

14 July, 8pm – 9pm (AEST)
with Assoc. Prof. Bronwen Ackermann



Bridging the gap – Addressing the healthcare needs of performing artists

Tuesday 16 June, 2020

7pm – 7.40pm (AEST)



A Lifetime in the Performing Arts

30 November – 1 December, 2019

Arts Centre Melbourne (VIC)




Performance Preparation and Recovery

December 1st-2nd, 2018

Sofitel Wentworth (Sydney NSW)




November 25th, 2017

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff NSW

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WEBINAR: More than muscles and bones: Influences of explicit cueing and naïve beliefs on movement

Wednesday, October 18th, 7pm – 8pm AEST
Janet Karin

A brief outline of the way the neuromotor system produces voluntary movement, including the impact of various cueing systems, explicit and implicit learning modes, and naïve beliefs. A case study demonstrates several causes and a new rehabilitative approach to a dancer’s chronic spinal injury.


WEBINAR: Performance Psychology & Wellbeing for Performing Artists

Wednesday, August 2nd, 7pm – 8pm AEST
A/Prof Gene Moyle

The career of a performing artist can often present challenges not just to an individual’s physical wellbeing, but to their mental health and wellness. The understanding and application of performance psychology strategies across all areas of an artists’ life, not just the performance side, has been observed to assist in supporting the development of holistic approach to supporting individuals be the best they can be – both on and off stage. This webinar looks to explore a range of key performance psychology and wellbeing topics, with the opportunity for questions and further discussions regarding this important area of performing arts healthcare.



WEBINAR: Biomechanical video analysis for the clinic and the classroom

Wednesday, April 5th, 7pm – 8pm EST
Dr Luke Hopper

The explosion of video capture technology has made the use of video a highly accessible feedback tool for patients and students. This webinar will  cover biomechanical approaches to video analysis that can provide structured feedback to aid movement rehabilitation and pedagogy. Through a structured approach to video analysis patients and students can feel empowered through the learning process towards improving movement quality for performance.



WEBINAR: The price of love: What are the wellbeing costs of pursuing an acting career

Wednesday, September 21st, 7pm – 8pm EST
Dr Mark Seton

A Webinar featuring a review of findings of the 2013 Australian Actors Wellbeing Study by Dr Mark Seton, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney, and Creative Director, Actors Wellbeing Base Camp, Sense Connexion.

Dr Seton, with colleagues Dr Ian Maxwell and Dr Marianna Szabo, in collaboration with Mary Cotter of the Equity Foundation, initiated a national online survey of professional actors – the first comprehensive study of its kind in the world. 782 actors participated in this survey and shared both their ups and down of making a career. The survey explored physical and psychological wellbeing as well as possible stressors that could upset an actor’s long-term productivity.

Mark will outline many of the crucial findings of the Study, suggest next actions that the industry needs to take, and offer some of his own practical strategies for actor wellbeing and resilience that he has been teaching both working and student actors.


WEBINAR: Reframing performance anxiety within an artist’s practice

Monday, July 25th, 7pm – 8pm EST
Dr Shona Erskine
BADance MPsych/PhD MAPS
Performance psychologist and dance artist

Shona will talk about the relationship between arousal and performance and how this can be understood as a function of the rehearsal and theatre environments to help performers manage anxiety.


WEBINAR: The Singer with a Vocal Injury … Must the Show Go On?

Wednesday, June 8th, 7pm – 8pm EST
Dr Jonathan Livesey
ENT Surgeon and Voice Specialist

Jonathan will talk about the nature of vocal and non-vocal injuries sustained by singers and how to help manage a return to best health through a multidisciplinary approach.



Keynote speakers: Professor David Howard, Royal Holloway, University of London Dr Bronwen Ackermannn,University of Sydney

Saturday 10 December 2016,

Wyselaskie Auditorium, 29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052

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2015 Annual Conference

November 21, 2015 - November 22, 2015

This year's theme inspired attendees to consider the health and well-being of the whole artist through evidence-informed practice, whether this is in the private teaching studio or the rooms of a healthcare professional.

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