Lisa Hort has been working concurrently as a community engagement facilitator, creative facilitator, program coordinator, project collaborator, art and museum gallery facilitator and educator for over 10 years.
In 2017, Lisa was awarded the Creative Ageing Award at the 9th Annual International Arts and Health Conference and in the same year became the fifth national finalist in the ‘Arts and Health Awards’ at the Catholic Health Conference held in Tasmania.
Lisa combines specialised skills when facilitating and designing creative programs for people living with dementia, she has extensive knowledge in the area of fine arts, art appreciation, creative engagement, community engagement and collaborative program delivery.
Lisa enjoys working with individuals as well as partnering with several organisation's in the Port Macquarie community and beyond to deliver creative programs that provide social engagement, connection and creative engagement that enhance the clients’ quality of life. Lisa is proactive in working with others to embed creative innovations into age care services, organisation's and community. In 2019, in recognition of her unique abilities, Lisa was invited by the National Gallery of Australia to attend their Arts and Dementia Symposium, Best Practice Art Making Workshop and Masterclass with internationally acclaimed Yoko Hayashi of Arts Alive Tokyo. 2020, Lisa was the recipient of an Create NSW grant, 19/20 Health and Wellbeing COVID-19 Initiative to deliver a dementia friendly project called Treasured Stories, Poetry & Song.
“The benefits of Lisa’s programs are to encourage clients to be able to use their skills, where they possibly wouldn’t have out in the community. We’ve discovered lots of skills that people didn’t even know that they had!”
Lynn Campbell, Day Coordinator Omnicare
“Lisa has formed a beautiful relationship with the elderly residents she interacts with and her inspired art programs have played an important role in their health and well-being by making life that bit richer. I would highly recommend Lisa's services to anyone.”
Joy Walsh, Director of Care, Catholic Care of the Aged
"During the time I have known Lisa she has developed her knowledge, professionalism and integrity. She has acquired strong skills and undertaken challenges in new fields as they have arisen. Lisa has learnt how to apply her skills to various situations and combines her creative skills with research, preparation and advocacy."
Margaret Allen, RN MN (Gerontology) Conveyord Port Macquarie Dementia Friendly Community Alliance
“We really enjoy working with Lisa and her clients on what we like to call ‘People friendly programs’. As a museum, our role is to share our collections and their stories. These programs enable us to connect with people’s memories, imaginations and creativity and share them with more people. At our museum, being ‘Dementia friendly’ is not about Dementia, it’s about people and their stories.”
Debbie Sommers, Port Macquarie Historical Museum
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