Musicians in hospitals training

Filed : Arts & Health, In Hospitals, Lachlan Health Service Culture & Arts Program, Projects .

A really exciting, paid opportunity for musicians in the Central West to be trained to work in hospitals and aged care. Applications close June 13.

There’s a wide body of research that live music experiences can have beneficial outcomes for people in hospitals and aged care.

Kerrie Davies and Ross Beattie at Forbes Hopsital during our 2016 pilot music in hospitals program.

Following a pilot music in hospitals program in Parkes and Forbes, Lachlan Health Service has funded Arts OutWest to train a small group of local musicians  for future employment in health settings.

The program calls on musicians to work in flexible, fluid, responsive and dynamic ways in hospitals.

Following an application process, key training will take place in Parkes Monday June 26 and Tuesday June 27.

The two-day training program includes sessions with UK based leaders in this field Opus and with trained music therapist Kerrie Davies as well as with the Arts OutWest team.

The training includes practical experience in Parkes Hospital with follow up supervised sessions in your local hospital or aged care facility.

Who we are looking for:

Calling for six experienced musicians who are excited about the idea of playing music in hospitals and aged care as part of health programs.

  • Not just good musicians but people who share their music well, who are comfortable interacting (sometimes one-on-one) with people and responding to their needs, who are adaptable.
  • You don’t need to be a professional musician or have music qualifications but you must be able to demonstrate accomplishment.
  • Open to musicians of all styles and genres – although people who have a versatile and wide repertoire have an advantage.
  • Because this particular training and work involves moving around the hospital, visiting spaces for short periods and moving on, and working in a variety of small spaces, the musicians should play instruments that are portable and not extremely loud. Being able to sing can also be useful.
  • Maybe the people were looking for work the live music scene at night? Perhaps they’re musicians who work in education? Maybe they have experience working in other areas of health?
  • Participants must be based in the Arts OutWest service area in the NSW Central West.
  • People with a commitment and availability to ongoing work in this area.

Download the selection criteria and more information

How to apply:

Interested practitioners should send a cover letter explaining why they are interested in the training and how they meet the selection criteria by June 13.

If you have questions please speak to Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan on 02 6338 4657 or tcallinan@csu.edu.au

Cover image: Kerrie Davies plays for patients and visitors in the pilot program at Parkes and Forbes Hospitals in 2016. Photo: Jay-Lee Zagrovic.

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