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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.
Dr Robert Eley
The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health
The University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba Qld 4350