Mu­sic ther­apy of­fers heal­ing touch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

ST JOHN of God (SJOG) Subiaco Hos­pi­tal now of­fers mu­sic ther­apy for can­cer pa­tients.

The new ini­tia­tive, in con­junc­tion with the So­lar­isCare Foun­da­tion, is for peo­ple un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and aims to pro­mote well­ness, en­hance mem­ory and im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

SJOG Ivy Suite manager Matthew Chant said the ther­apy was in­tro­duced in re­sponse to feed­back from pa­tients to the in­tro­duc­tion of mu­sic in the suite’s re­cep­tion area.

“The hos­pi­tal ad­vo­cates for a per­son-cen­tred care ap­proach,” Mr Chant said.

“Rather than sim­ply hav­ing the ra­dio play­ing in the back- ground, I thought a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach might add a slight dif­fer­ence to the ser­vice we pro­vide.”

Last month, a cello player per­formed for pa­tients.

Mr Chant said he hoped the mu­sic would help to ad­dress the phys­i­cal, emo­tional, cog­ni­tive and so­cial needs of pa­tients.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d433380

Cel­list Edel Tay­lor plays for pa­tient Lynda Drake and unit manager Matthew Chant.

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