‚ÄčMedia Release - NSLHD

Date: Friday, 15 July 2016


Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) is partnering with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and Arts Health Institute (AHI) to bring an Australian-first pilot of the Music & Memory program to local acute care services at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Adult Mental Health Unit and the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rehabilitation and Aged Care Service.

Music & Memory is a scalable, systematic and sustainable initiative from the USA which was initially designed to aid people with dementia.

Due to the growing evidence of the importance and impact music has on mood and recovery, the program was expanded to include people experiencing depression and feelings of isolation.

Accredited Music & Memory services offer personalised playlists of music which are targeted to meet both the musical tastes and health and wellbeing needs of patients.

The pilot program is a joint initiative of the ACI and AHI, and was a winner of the NSW Health in the Arts start-up grant announced at the NSW Health Innovation Symposium in November 2015.

Following the awarding of the grant, which funded two sites in the pilot, the NSW Government invested further funding to support an additional 19 sites including the two Hornsby sites.

Staff members from the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Adult Mental Health Unit and the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rehabilitation and Aged Care Service attended a recent training day, which saw representatives from each service involved in the pilot come together with program experts to develop implementation plans for their sites, as well as troubleshooting and a hands-on introduction to the equipment and monitoring tools to be used throughout the pilot.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Mental Health Service Director Leanne Frizzel said it was very exciting to be part of the innovative pilot program.

"The mental health clinicians championing this project are enthusiastic and committed to working with consumers to improve their health and wellbeing while in hospital as part of the recovery process and see this as a positive opportunity for all involved," she said.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Rehabilitation and Aged Care Clinical Director Dr Cesar Uy said music therapy had a lot to offer in the management of dementia.

"We are very excited to see its introduction in our Dementia and Delirium unit. This will greatly improve the hospital experience of our patients and facilitate their recovery," Dr Uy said.

The Music & Memory program was introduced to Australian aged care facilities by the AHI in November 2015, but the pilot is the first time the accredited program will be trialled in public acute care services.

For more information on the Music & Memory program in Australia, visit the Arts Health Institute website at www.artshealthinstitute.org.au/Programs/Music-Memory.

Media inquiries: Melissa Chain 9463 1748

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