Addressing the health needs of indigenous Australians through creative engagement: a case study
This chapter presents the results of a case study on the association between the benefits of community singing and resilience and the prevention of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A prospective intervention study design was used. Results based on survey assessments and the health records of 235 adults aged 18–71 years at baseline, and after 18 months, at five Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (CCHSs) in Queensland, Australia, are reported. Participants engaged in a weekly singing rehearsal as part of a community singing programme linked to Aboriginal CCHS-led preventive health services and exercise promotion. The results revealed substantial health benefits related to group singing, including a significant reduction in the proportion of adults classified as depressed, and a significant improvement in health behaviours. A significant increase in resilience levels, sense of connectedness, social support and access to health services was also shown.
Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing: International perspectives on practice, policy and research
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