Music Therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing. In collaboration with the University of Adelaide, the Centre for Creative Health is delighted to welcome Music Therapist Dr Patsy Tan to the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a recipient of a Hospital Research Foundation Project Grant.
As a pioneer in Medical Music Therapy in Singapore at the Singapore General Hospital (the world’s second largest teaching hospital), Dr Tan worked with pain patients from various wards such as oncology, general surgery, neurology, burns, orthopaedics, heart and lung transplants, as well as obstetrics and gynaecology. Prior to her work in Singapore, she worked with pain patients in surgical/medical unit at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, as well as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease patients in long-term rehabilitation at the University Good Samaritan Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patsy was also the Alzheimer’s program coordinator at the Maplewood Good Samaritan Center, Maplewood, Minnesota.
Here in Adelaide, Dr Tan will introduce Music Therapy into clinical care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and examine the effectiveness of Music Therapy intervention on the perception of pain and anxiety of post-operative patients.