Nov 14
Music & Memory a success at Blayney MPS

​Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is partnering with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and Arts Health Institute (AHI) to bring an Australian-first pilot of the Music & MemoryTM Program to Blayney Multipurpose Service (MPS).

Music & MemoryTM is a scalable, systematic and sustainable initiative from the USA which was initially designed to aid people with dementia. Due to the growing evidence of the importance and impact music has on mood and recovery, the Program was expanded to include people experiencing depression and feelings of isolation.

Accredited Music & MemoryTM services offer personalised playlists of music which are targeted to meet both the musical tastes and health and wellbeing needs of patients.

Health Service Manager at Blayney MPS, Kathy Hillier said the Program is integrated into the current care planning provided for residents, with an individualised program of music loaded onto iPod shuffles. The music is chosen directly by the residents with assistance from families and carers if needed.

“Music & MemoryTM assists patients and residents re-connect by listening to their favourite music and help the staff, families and carers better care for them," Ms Hillier said.

“We are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of our residents through the therapeutic use of music, and we have already seen some positive results from the Program."

“Blayney MPS commenced the pilot program in September 2016 and we currently have six residents in the Program with individualised playlists and songs loaded on their iPods."

The Music & MemoryTM Program was introduced to Australian aged care facilities by the AHI in November 2015, but the pilot is the first time the accredited Program will be trialled in public acute care services.

The Music & MemoryTM Program is also being run in three other sites in WNSWLHD including Dunedoo, Nyngan and Rylstone.

For more information on the Music & MemoryTM Program in Australia, visit the Arts Health Institute website at http://www.artshealthinstitute.org.au/Programs/Music-Memory.aspx.

For more information on the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, visit the website at www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au

Background:

Music & MemoryTM

Music & MemoryTM was introduced into Australia in November 2015 by the Arts Health Institute. It is a scalable, systematic and sustainable initiative. Music & MemoryTM is a program of developing personalised playlists of music on iPod shuffles for people with dementia specifically, but more generally for people who are in pain, feeling depressed or isolated. There is growing evidence that a personalised music program gives professionals one more option in using non-pharmacological approaches to reducing pain, improving mood and symptoms of dementia.

Arts Health Institute

The Arts Health Institute is a national, not for profit organisation founded in 2011 which delivers programs, research and education by bringing the arts and health care together. The Arts Health Institute improves lives through the integration of the arts into all aspects of health and aged care environments, and owns the exclusive rights to the Music & MemoryTM Program in Australia.  

Agency for Clinical Innovation

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. We provide expertise in service redesign and evaluation, specialist advice on healthcare innovation, initiatives including clinical guidelines and models of care, implementation support, knowledge sharing and continuous capability building. The ACI Patient Experience and Consumer Engagement (PEACE) team supports the ACI's Networks, Taskforces and Institutes to capture consumer input and harness direct patient, carer and staff experience to inform ACI activities with the goal of translating this information into transformational change across the health system.