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Music in Cancer Care Pilot Program & Ongoing Project


Pilot: February 2016 - February 2017

The Music in Cancer Care pilot project assessed an inclusive music-in-health model of care at a cancer specific hospital. It will included bedside music therapy and group music and art therapy sessions, utilising therapeutic collaborative songwriting, integrated with live music in public areas.  The program explored the impact of creative participation on the mood of patients and their hospital experience at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The project integrated a 2 part –time music therapists, and a health musician. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a world-class, not-for-profit, integrated cancer treatment centre based in Sydney. Commencing initially with an outpatient program, it has recently launched a fully operational cancer hospital including inpatient services. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse champions the vision to provide uncompromising care to people living with cancer, their carers and their families.

Ongoing 3 Year Project Partners 2018, 2019 & 2020: 

We are pleased to announce that due to the success of the pilot we have secured ongoing funding for 3 years from The Goodridge Family Foundation. Our ongoing partners also include The Royal Melbourne Hospital for official training and research and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse . We will be appointing the new expanded Music in Health Team by April 2018.

Project Partners: 

Pilot: The Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse & Arterie

Ongoing: The Goodridge Family Foundation, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse & The Royal Melbourne Hospital for official training and research

Project Team: 
  • Ms Eileen Hannagan, CEO Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
  • Dr. Emma O’Brien PhD - ICH Executive Director, specialist in collaborative songwriting, experienced music in health leader, music therapist and researcher
  • Ms Julia Cannell- ICH Ambassador, Cancer Survivor & Songwriting and Music in Health Advocate
  • Ms Amanda Solomon, Lifehouse Art Program (Arterie) Coordinator
  • Resident songwiriter and music therapist
  • Resident health musicians
  • Volunteer musicians and artists