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
  • nursing
  • education
  • optometry

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.

Sandra Kirkwood has worked in the health, education, and disability sectors for the last 25 years as an occupational therapist, disability project officer, allied health consultant and equity and diversity consultant. In 2009 Sandra completed a Research Higher Degree at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Sandra has completed a number of music projects with communities in Ipswich that were funded by Ipswich City Council and Arts Queensland. Information on current music projects is available at

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