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Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in Aboriginal Australians

 

Overview

The Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in Aboriginal Australians project looked at the asthma management practices of Aboriginal children, adolescents and adults. The project aimed to increase compliance in asthma management plans through the use of music lessons. Over a six month period weekly lessons were conducted with male participants playing the didgeridoo and female participants engaging in singing lessons.

The results of the project indicated that engaging in music activities had a significant positive outcome for male participants in terms of their asthma and overall health and wellbeing. For the female participants the improvement was not as significant as that of the male participants. The additional advantage of the project was the increased cultural and social awareness displayed by the participants.

Abstract adapted University of Southern Queensland

Contacts

Dr Robert Eley
The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health
The University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba Qld 4350
Email: elry@usq.edu.au

Related publications

Eley R, Gorman D (2010)

Didgeridoo playing and singing to support asthma management in Aboriginal Australians.

The Journal of Rural Health; 26(1): 100-104

Eley R, Gorman D, Gately J (2010)

Didgeridoos, songs and boomerangs for asthma management.

Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 21(1): 39-44

Eley R, Gorman D (2008)

Music therapy to manage asthma.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 32(1): 9-10

Eley R, Gorman M (2010)

Music therapy to manage asthma symptoms in young Indigenous people in an urban setting.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 34(3): 20-22

Eley R (2013)

The potential effects of the didgeridoo as an Indigenous intervention for Australian Aborigines: a post analysis.

Music and Medicine; 5(2): 84-92

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Last updated: 3 February 2014
 
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