Exploring music as medicine

Music as medicine

Music isn’t just about fun and entertainment. It’s also a powerful tool for self-expression, human connection, and motivation.

But did you know it can be useful for pain regulation, boosting immune health, lowering blood pressure, and easing clinical anxiety and depression?

Dr Patsy Tan has been working with patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as they battle health issues and face uncertainty in a post-COVID world.

Since 2020, researchers at the University of Adelaide researchers have been working to map these incredible benefits, filling crucial gaps in Australian data.

In April’s Research Tuesday, Dr Tan will share her research findings and her experiences using music to manage pain, orient people with dementia, and alleviate anxiety for patients and staff alike.



Dr Patsy Tan is an Honorary Research Fellow through the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music and a full-time music therapist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital under the Hospital Research Foundation.

She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and education settings, having worked in the United States and pioneered medical music programs in Singapore and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.


Tuesday 11 April, 5.30pm start.

The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace.

Entry is free, but registration is essential. Please click here to secure your seat.

Webinar information can be found here.

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