Enhancing Mental Health Among Marginalised Families Through Music Therapy – A Partnership Approach

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Authors: Catherine Wilmot, WA and Toni Day, QLD

Year: 2009

Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference

Subject: FAMILIES, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP, Innovation & recovery

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765357

Abstract: Sing & Grow is a national music therapy project funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs, targeting marginalised parents and their children aged 0-3 years. Independent evaluation of the project has been undertaken, with main study data revealing statistically significant improvements for parent-reported irritable parenting, educational activities in the home, parent mental health, and child communication and social play skills. Sing & Grow programs are implemented in collaboration with various community and government host organisations. These collaborative partnerships are essential in ensuring the success of each program. This paper will begin by presenting outcomes of the project as they relate to mental health among marginalised families. It will also discuss the unique practice of collaboration between the program providers, the benefits of the partnerships for participating families, and how the project aims to assist host organisations to achieve sustainable outcomes and promote positive mental health for participating families.

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