25 October 2018 At the hospital

Working wonders with music for 25 years

Sick and injured kids in Queensland have been tuning in to the healing power of music therapy for 25 years, thanks to the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Music therapy involves the use of age-appropriate musical activities to engage patients, aid their rehabilitation and recovery, and help them reach their full potential while in the hospital environment.

The professionally trained music therapists work throughout the hospital to calm distressed children, help them relax while undergoing a painful or uncomfortable procedure, or simply offer a distraction from hospital life.

Queensland Children’s Hospital houses a six-strong musical therapy team – the largest paediatric music therapy department in Australia, thanks to integral funding provided by the Foundation.

Senior music therapist Maggie James said music therapy played a vital role in maximising health and wellbeing, and improving quality of life for very sick or critically injured children.

“Children who have undergone major surgery can often feel traumatised after their surgery, and music therapy helps them in their physical rehabilitation, pain perception and psychosocial recovery,” Ms James said. “Music allows them to experience something positive and normal.”

“In rehabilitation sessions, we use singing and vocalisation to help children develop their speech, language and communication ability.

“Children are musical beings, and music can build rapport quickly and develop confidence in the child and family with their medical treatment.”

With our support, the music therapy team provides more than 200 hours of music therapy each week. Last year the team helped more than 2,500 patients across the hospital.


CEO Rosie Simpson said the Foundation was extremely proud to fund such an invaluable and popular service at the hospital for the past 25 years.

“A music therapy session makes can make such a difference to a child’s day – and their entire hospital stay.”

“Music helps build, or rebuild, important neurological pathways that help sick kids regain control of their language, speech and coordination,” Ms Simpson said.

“Music therapy also works wonders in easing a child’s anxiety, reducing their pain during procedures – ultimately making hospital a less daunting place for kids.

“We’re incredibly honoured to support Australia’s largest music therapy program at the Queensland Children’s Hospital to ensure Queensland’s sickest kids receive the best care.”

To help us fund more programs like music therapy, please visit https://www.childrens.org.au/how-you-can-help/donate/.