Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and The Institute for Creative Health are delighted to announce the launch of a new music therapy programme for patients.
The programme, generously supported by the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation, enables patients to take part in bedside music therapy and song writing, CD projects and performances, and the weekly Lifehouse choir.
“My music therapy sessions became my happy hour,” says patient Megan Smith. She was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year, just a few weeks short of her 45th birthday just after she had started studying for a Batchelor of Science degree. She says music therapy has allowed her to find a silent space within, a place to be calm and find peace – something that is hugely valuable during this traumatic time.
She and another survivor, Julia Cannell, officially launched our new pilot Music Therapy programme with a performance by the choir and a song from Julia. Julia’s song included the line, “A promise of what’s to come—hope, kids, laughter, and growing old with my sweet one.”
Executive Director of the Institute for Creative Health, Dr Emma O’Brien, said: “Music is integral to our lives in terms of human connection, and often when we have a crisis like cancer our lives are turned upside down. Music can help bring a sense of meaning back into patients’ lives, and has demonstrated clinical benefits in helping patients back to health.”
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse chief executive Eileen Hannagan said: “Studies have shown music can benefit cancer patients through helping them to relax and feel comfortable, express emotions, develop self-confidence and self-esteem and develop or rekindle a sense of creativity. We hope this pilot programme will benefit not only our patients here, but eventually cancer patients all over Australia.”