Our research a finalist for National Disability Awards

Congratulations to Dr Jeanette Tamplin and the team of our Music Therapy in Virtual Environments project, well-deserving finalists in the 2017 National Disability Awards! The team travelled to Canberra for the awards event and received coverage from ABC News, Channel 7 and more.

We are so proud of the whole team for the fantastic work around the development and promotion of this research project. A stellar example of research achievement at the Networked Society Institute.

About the project

The Music Therapy in Virtual Environments research project is developing a proof-of-concept online virtual reality platform designed to deliver telehealth group singing interventions for people with quadriplegia to improve respiratory function, voice, mood, and social connectedness.

Video courtesy of the The Daily Edition, Seven Network

Quadriplegia is the reduction or loss of function in the arms, trunk, legs and pelvic organs as a result of cervical spinal cord injury. Respiratory dysfunction is a major cause of illness and death following quadriplegia. Previous clinical research has demonstrated that group singing can help people with quadriplegia to breathe better, speak louder and to make social connections.

Currently thousands of Australians with quadriplegia are significantly disadvantaged in terms of accessing the group music-making that able- bodied people take for granted. Successful demonstration of this proof-of-concept in this particularly vulnerable group will provide future scope to benefit other groups who are unable to access face-to-face music participation due to physical or geographical constraints.

For more information, visit the Music Therapy in Virtual Environments project page.

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Kate Murray