Happy 25th to RCH Music Therapy!
Since current Play and Music Therapy Manager Beth Dun was appointed as the RCH’s first music therapist in 1991 (pictured above), the service has been supporting children and young people to cope with their hospital experiences. The program is primarily funded by donations to the RCH Foundation.
There are now six
music therapists working across the hospital, supporting children who are being treated in the Children’s Cancer Centre, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Adolescent Unit, Rehabilitation and Neuroscience, Koala Cardiac Ward, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Palliative Care, and the Banksia Mental Health Ward. Music therapy helps decrease anxiety and stress, reduce pain perception, support relaxation and assist in normal child development.
“Music Therapy was recognised early on as an intervention that could improve patients and families experiences of hospital,” Beth said. “We knew there was more to it, and as time went on, with more experience and evidence, we have been able to
articulate more clearly the specific benefits.”
To learn more about RCH Music Therapy, visit their website.