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27th May 2024 Latest News

Spreading joy through music therapy

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Visitors to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) were recently treated to a special performance that showcased the power of music therapy. 

The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Creative Health’s music therapist Dr Patsy Tan teamed up with Lucy, one of her patients, to bring some joy to the hospital. 

Dr Tan has been helping to steadily build Lucy’s confidence – first in her room before eventually performing together on her ward. 

But Lucy took a huge leap when the pair decided to perform together in the hospital’s main concourse.

Lucy and Dr Patsy Tan performing for visitors at Royal Adelaide Hospital.

“It was good to play in the ward and have others listen, it helps cheers people up,” Lucy said. 

“I was very nervous about today, but once I started, I just got absorbed in the music and it was great that in this space there were more people walking past that could enjoy the performance.” 

Music plays a big part in Lucy’s life. A multi-instrumentalist, she has played the flute since she was nine, but also plays the piano, clarinet, saxophone, and the cello. 

Spending time in hospital can often be daunting. For Lucy, participating in music therapy helps her feel grounded. 

“I look forward to music therapy, it helps lift my mood. If I’m having a bad day and I get to see Patsy, it makes me feel good,” she said. 

RAH nurse Brooke Measham said music therapy had made a positive impact on Lucy during her stay. 

“Lucy’s eyes light up every time Patsy comes to visit,” she said. 

“Music is so healing; it really changes the patient’s mindset. It makes their recovery seem within reach when they have a good mindset and music helps them with this.” 

Studies have shown that music therapy can play an important role in healthcare settings, helping patients to reduce anxiety and improve their health and wellbeing. 

Lucy encouraged patients to give music therapy a try, even if you can’t play an instrument. 

“It’s just really nice to listen to someone else playing music – it is relaxing, changes your mood for the better and is enjoyable,” she said. 

“It is a really great service and needs to grow so that more people can benefit.” 

You can help more people like Lucy harness the power of music therapy by donating to The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Creative Health. Click here to donate today