Music & Memory

Be inspired: Music & Memory at The Sydney Opera House

23 August 2017

6pm - 7pm 

Sydney Opera House - The Utzon Room

Reserve a seat:

02 83541953

Limited spaces available 

In 2016, twenty-one wards and small hospitals introduced Music & Memory, a program of using personalised playlists of music, for patients in NSW Health. The effects have been captured in a short film, Music & Memory for Health.
This event will feature the film with a panel discussion about the relationship between our brain, our bodies and music.


Professor Henry Brodaty, AO, Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA); and, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, University of
New South Wales.

Linda Lorenza, Director of Learning and Engagement, Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Linda Lorenza appears courtesy of Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Sandra Garrido, Deputy Director of Research, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University; and an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow.

Dave Colman, Music & Memory Program Lead, Arts Health Institute.

Dr Maggie Haertsch, CEO, Arts Health Institute.
Join us for an informative and inspirational evening.

The power of personalised playlists.







In hundreds of care facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, Music & Memory is helping thousands of individuals living with chronic cognitive and physical impairments to reconnect with family, friends and caregivers.

Now this remarkable program is available in Australia, exclusively delivered by the Arts Health Institute.

This is a program of developing personalised playlists of music on iPod shuffles for people with dementia specifically but more generally for people who are in pain, feeling depressed or isolated.

 “The program really helps create connections with people. It is a powerful way for family and friends to share music together, to remember stories and experiences.”  Maggie Haertsch – CEO, Arts Health Institute. 

So simple, yet so effective.

  • Participants are happier and more social.
  • Relationships among staff, participants and family deepen.
  • Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.
  • Staff regain valuable time previously lost to behaviour management issues.
  • There is growing evidence that a personalised music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.

Accreditation for your organisation includes:

  • Year-round webinar training for your staff to learn how to implement and maintain an organisation-wide process for personalised music.
  • Annual calendar of special interest webinars to help develop skill and knowledge base.
  • Accreditation to provide Music & Memory in your service and be eligible for annual re-accreditation.
  • Access to troubleshooting webinars, consultations and technical support as needed.
  • Join an international Music & Memory network.

View Accredited Facilities in Australia

Watch the extraordinary awakening of Henry. 

Would you like to know more about Music & Memory and accreditation for your facility or community? Register your interest now.

Not an organisation? Interested in getting involved? Find out more about volunteering and register your interest here.

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