Music therapy offers healing touch
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.
Cellist Edel Taylor plays for patient Lynda Drake and unit manager Matthew Chant.