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Music and Memory Pilot featured on 7 News Sydney

Music and Memory Pilot featured on 7 News Sydney

The ACI's Music and Memory pilot site at Canterbury Hospital (Sydney Local Health District), was featured on the Sunday night 7 News Sydney on 2 October 2016.

The overarching pilot program is an initiative of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and the Arts Health Institute (AHI), and was a joint winner of the NSW Health in the Arts start-up grant announced at the NSW Health Innovation Symposium in November last year. Following the awarding of the grant, which funded two sites in the pilot, the ACI invested further funding to support an additional 19 sites, bringing the total to 21.

97 year old Mavis, who has been in Canterbury Hospital for the past three weeks, was featured in the story speaking about what music meant to her. ACI Director of Primary Care and Chronic Services, Chris Shipway, spoke of the wider benefits that music can have on the health and wellbeing of patients while they are using acute services.

The Arts Health Institute holds the exclusive license in Australia for Music & Memory. It was introduced to Australian aged care facilities in November 2015, but the partnership with the ACI and local health services is the first time the accredited program will be trialled in public acute care services.

For more information about the pilot, contact the Manager, ACI Patient Experience and Consumer Engagement (PEACE) team.