1 May 2017
Music is ringing through the corridors of the Royal Melbourne Hospital this week as the hospital celebrates the 8th Live Music is Good for You Festival.
Recognising the success of music therapy in assisting with recovery this year's festival is highlighting the significant link between music and mental health.
With research showing that music triggers circuits in the brain that deal with empathy, trust and cooperation, music therapy is used to help patients deal with stress, discomfort, pain and other symptoms.
During the week, the hospital's corridors are filled with live music performances from hundreds of school students. Students will also attend workshops on the role of music in their own health and wellbeing.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital's music therapy program helps patients who have been debilitated by illness, injury or trauma. It's delivered in palliative care, cancer, neurology and at Orygen Youth Mental Health as part of the psychosocial recovery clinical program.
The Victorian Government is working hard to implement Victoria's 10-year Mental Health Plan to achieve better mental health outcomes for all Victorians. As part of the plan, Orygen Youth Mental Health has received $60 million to rebuild its treatment and research facility in Parkville.
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