Health is integral to every aspect of the music industry, such as:
- adapting to impairment of body structure and disease
- enhancing functional ability to be able to participate in music activities
- optimising environments to support music health and well-being
- promoting physical, social, and cultural access for all
- product design and development (eg. the ergonomic design of musical instruments)
- research, policy development and planning to maximise health and well-being
Many people are involved with optimising health and well-being to support the music industry, so contributions to the mapping of this sector can come from many diverse fields:
- music workplace health and safety
- medicine and music
- music therapy
- allied health
There are many service providers and agencies that are involved with promoting and maximising music health and well-being. Some of these overlap with other arts. This is a work in progress: further service providers and details will be coming soon.
Allied Health Professions Australia
Audiologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, orthotists and prosthetists, pharmacists, podiatrists, psychologists, radiographers, radiation therapists, social workers, sonographers and speech pathologists.
The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare
Australian Music Therapy Association
Combined music medicine degrees – University of Sydney
“Creative for Life” program of Griffith University, Queensland
Healthway – Western Australia
Music Health Australia
See also article on Purga Music Museum in this knowledge base.
Newcastle University program in ArtsHealth
National Centre for Creative Aging
Community Arts Participation – Mental Health and Well Being
Sandra Kirkwood. Submitted 4 December 2008.