Art in oncology ward aiding patients and paramedics

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University of Southern Queensland Higher Degree Research PhD candidate Lisa Hobbs (left) with School of Creative Arts Associate Professor Beata Batorowicz (right). Photo: Supplied. Two women standing in front of a wall of artworks, smiling at the camera.

In a new partnership between the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) and St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital, the art exhibition Undercurrent: Arts and Wellbeing is delivering positive impacts for both patients and staff.

The show includes a work by Brisbane-based artist, Lia Hobbs, who has worked as a paramedic for around 20 years. Hobbs’ piece, Escaping the Cycle, taps into her experience and knowledge as well as her Higher Degree Research PhD at UniSQ, which looks at women’s experiences in paramedicine through creative arts-based research.

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