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Kirkwood, Sandra. (2011). Community recovery: musical inspirations, creative collaborations, and health reform. Presented on 15 July, 2011: Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program &......

Kirkwood, Sandra. (2011). Community recovery: musical inspirations, creative collaborations, and health reform. Presented on 15 July, 2011: Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.

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    Sandra Kirkwood,
    B.Occ.Thy, B.Music, M.Phil.
    15 July, 2011
    Music Health Australia
  • 2. Community Recovery – Qld Floods
  • 3. Role of Occupational Therapists
    The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate successfully in the activities of everyday life.
    This enhances longer term national capacity and self-reliance in disaster affected countries and beyond.
  • 4. Role of Music Health Professionals
    Can be any discipline appropriately qualified to:
    Adapt to impairment of body structure and disease
    Enhance functional ability to be able to participate in music activities
    Optimise environments to support music health and well-being
    Promote physical, social, and cultural access
    Engage in product design and development
    Research, plan and develop policy to maximise health and well-being in music/health industry
  • 5. Aims of Action Research
    Community recovery sing-a-long
    Initiated through Music Health email group & professional networking with communities
    From 31 January-30 June, 2011.
    Aim for maximum social health impact for minimal input.
    Record & share learnings
    Music Health Australia
  • 6. Research Questions
    What capacity does community have for creating/singing songs to support recovery?
    What is appropriate role for Music Health professionals in crisis with limited resources?
    What occurred in this case study?
    Who participated?
    What did we learn?
    How does this inform future practice/research?
  • 7. Precedents – Literature Review
    Fire Cycle by Bev McAlister, Victoria, Dandenong Ranges.
    World Federation of Occupational Therapists Situational Analysis of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster (2004).
  • 8. Methods
    Invited community members & professionals in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich
    To create verses about their own flood experience to the tune of "Click! Goes the Shears.“
    Supported by occupational therapist/ ethnomusicologist.
    Music Health Australia
  • 9. Advertising
    Music Health Australia
  • 10. Participants: 8 Song Creators
    Chair – Indigenous Corporation (B)
    Life Line counsellor (B)
    Counsellor in private practice (I)
    Behaviour support teacher (I)
    Occupational Therapist / Musician (I)
    Teacher / Parent of child with LD (I)
    Community volunteer – singer (I)
    Student Nurse (T)
    Music Health Australia
  • 11. Location of song creators
    Music Health Australia
  • 12. Methods
    Monitored through e-mail dialogue with volunteers
    Collated descriptive feedback
    Supportive counselling.
    Facilitation & multi-media recording by volunteers.
    Cost: Minimal-online support
    Evaluation and reporting.
    Music Health Australia
  • 13. Performances initiated by community:
    7 March
    4 April
    Leichhardt-One Mile Community Centre
    Music Health Australia
  • 14. Sing-a-long Participants
    About 12 people participated in singing
    Age range from 20's to 70's, with one child of about 10yrs;
    Multicultural group, all members of Support Links;
    A few members were affected by the flood, and others had supported people who had been affected by the floods;
    Facilitated by Astrid Tholens
    Video by Rod Taylor – consent limited.
  • 15. Feedback from group facilitator
    “I felt the singing of the song was enjoyed by all, but all were stressed about being filmed and the possibility of being shown on the internet;
    took a while to practise the song, and work out the phrasing with the music,
    some felt it was too long.”
  • 16. Creative Process
    Music Health Australia
  • 17. Gantt Chart–timeline
    Music Health Australia
  • 18. Analysis of Lyrics – peoples perceptions
    Music Health Australia
  • 19. Critical reflection on practice
    The process was a significant innovation toward reforming health care
    Introduced a remote method of community-based rehabilitation service delivery.
    Creative Community response – community has capacity to assist in recovery.
    Limited professional capacity to assist community members.
    Challenge: Integration with whole place-based response; inter-agency communication.
    Time-limited response. Long term services.
    Music Health Australia
  • 20. Outcomes – benefits
    A new way of supporting communities to self-manage their own social and emotional recovery after flood disaster.
    Music Health professional can inspire community engagement and support the creative collaboration through remote email networking – to a limited degree.
    Low cost CBR intervention that was carried out by volunteers in the absence of funding allocated to community music projects or research.
    Music Health Australia
  • 21. Outcome – Role of Music Health
    Music Health professionals important role in:
    Initiating, contributing, facilitating
    Enabling the creative collaboration;
    Being available for supportive counselling, ethics review - MOU
    Mediating the creative process
    Encouraging buoyancy, resilience and re-building of communities.
    Supporting community transition
    Music Health Australia
  • 22. Recommendations
    Responses need to be:
    Effectively monitored/channelled to maximise effectiveness and safety
    Supported by all levels of government
    Implemented by well-informed professionals in community collaboration
    Integrated with the broader place-based disaster response
    Planned & evaluated during and after crisis
    Critical reflection on practice is of value.
    Evidence-based research vs action research
    Role flexibility: enhances transition/relocation.
    Music Health Australia
  • 23. Further Recommendations
    Analyse community cultural development - crisis
    Critically review further case studies
    Draft regional guidelines for response and communication involving arts/music professionals
    Develop Action Plans – service integration
    Budget for skill development and training to support Creative Communities and involvement of music health professionals
    Consider frameworks for culturally engaged community music (Kirkwood, 2009 thesis).
    Allow communities to self-organise response in their chosen time frame: “Call the tune”
  • 24. Music Health
    Kirkwood S. (2011). Community recovery: musical inspirations, creative collaborations, and health reform. In: 2011 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.