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For the past 30 years, sick and injured children have benefitted from the instrumental role of music therapy in their treatment plans, thanks to your generosity.

Music therapy is more than just music. Over the years, there have been breakthroughs, laughter and incredible health outcomes for the thousands of Queensland children who have benefitted from this psychological and physical therapy.

Research shows the use of individualised musical interventions can improve a child’s emotional wellbeing, help them experience less pain and anxiety during their treatment and support diverse health outcomes.

Children’s Health Queensland Clinical Lead Music Therapy, Dr Jeanette Kennelly first started as a music therapist at the former Royal Children’s Hospital in 1995 and has seen first-hand the benefits over the past 30 years.

“Children are incredibly resilient human beings who when supported by a music therapist, can safely connect with themselves, their feelings and emotions to help them cope and adjust to being in hospital,” Dr Kennelly said.

Queensland Children’s Hospital is home to one of the largest paediatric music therapy programs in Australia, with a team of five professionally trained therapists.

Because of your support, the music therapy team at the Queensland Children’s Hospital provided over 1,800 sessions to almost 750 infants, children, adolescents and their families last year – over 50 hours of music therapy every week.

Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO, Lyndsey Rice said: “Being in the hospital can be a challenging and daunting time for children and young people, but we are committed to helping children reach their fullest potential.”

“We are so proud of the part we have played in the care and rehabilitation of countless Queensland children through our support of music therapy across the past 30 years,” she added.

Children’s Hospital Foundation has supported music therapy for Queensland children and young people since the first music therapy program was established at the former Royal Children’s Hospital in 1993.

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