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The healing power of music

A palliative care patient battling ovarian cancer has testified to the healing power of music, telling nurses that a singing duet from her hospital room in Mt Druitt Hospital has made her feel wonderful.

Eighty-nine year old Brenda Adam’s spirits soared as she joined musician Hanna Tsoi to sing the children’s song ‘Daisy, Daisy’ though she confessed to being worried about her ability to hit the high notes.

‘Singing today made me feel wonderful even though I dread to hear how I sound down the other end,’ Brenda said.

Knowing that music helps reduce discomfort, pain, nausea, and sleep issues for palliative care patients, Hanna Tsoi presented a musical therapy workshop for us back in 2017 at the NSW Palliative Care Volunteer Conference in Maitland. Now each Tuesday she visits the hospital’s palliative care unit and performs as part of a musical therapy program.

‘I’ve always wanted to show everyone the magic of music and help transform their health,’ Hanna said.

‘When I visit the patients, sometimes their families are present, so I play music with everyone which is special.’

Read the full article in The Pulse, Western Sydney Health News by clicking here.

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