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Less noise and more music this Christmas at Wisteria

22 December 2016

Metro South Health’s Wisteria Unit in Casuarina Lodge at Wynnum West has created a new music therapy treatment space for its clients just in time for Christmas.

Wisteria is an authorised mental health service that provides collaborative treatment and rehabilitation services for clients aged 18 and older, 24 hours 7 days a week and recognises the value of music and its ability to play a significant role in mental health recovery.

Senior Music Therapy Clinical Educator at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Casuarina Lodge, Cameron Haigh, said that spontaneous participation in music therapy has increased significantly since the opening of the new music therapy room.

“Research has proven time and time again that music therapy can decrease levels of anxiety, fear, anger, distress, sadness and agitation and also encourage healthy interaction,” Mr Haigh said.

“The new space offers clients a warm and inviting environment that has a studio-like vibe to it.

“Both clients and staff have commented that it feels good just to be in the room.”

Clients, staff and the local Bunnings Warehouse were involved in the planning of the therapy room, which boasts visual and acoustic treatments such as ‘baffles’, which transformed the room into a quiet, calm area to make it feel quite unlike a typical room you’d see in a healthcare facility. 

Recording equipment and a range of instruments are available to provide clients with customised music and playlists for use outside the therapy room.

“At Metro South Health we strive to provide our patients with the best possible health care experience at every encounter,” Mr Haigh said.

“The young people who come through our doors are dealing with very serious mental health problems and are seeking a distraction or escape.

“Offering music therapy in our new and well-equipped room has already created a greater sense of calm for our clients, and helped to dampen the noise life often throws our way.”

While the improved aesthetics and efficiencies of the new space are already delivering benefits for Wisteria patients, the project is not over yet. The room will also be a hub for evidenced-based information on music and mental health.

Brochures and fact sheets on music therapy, healthy uses of music, and links with community music groups will help clients continue to access the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of music beyond discharge from the Wisteria rehabilitation service.

Last updated 19 August 2021
Last reviewed 13 October 2016

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