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Music hits the right notes

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Mater’s arts and health program uses arts initiatives to support health conditions, promoting better health outcomes and positive mental health. One popular initiative of the program is Mater’s ‘Sing for Health’ choir, whose membership includes staff, volunteers and patients.

The choir, which performs twice a year, supports the broader ‘Music in the Mothers’ initiative, a monthly live musical performance in the foyer of Mater Mothers’ Hospital, followed by a performance on a ward for the enjoyment of patients and staff.

More than 80 per cent of choir members believed the choir had made a positive difference in their lives.

“Joining the choir has shown me a new level of happiness. It has introduced a new interest and I feel so overjoyed and happy. I’ve had a couple of medical setbacks and the choir has made them seem miniscule.”

The ‘Sing for Health’ choir and ‘Music in the Mothers’ initiatives are funded by Mater Foundation.

Trekking through Machu Picchu

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As Mater’s Director of Palliative Medicine and clinical program leader for Palliative and Supportive Care Research at Mater Research, Professor Janet Hardy spends her days with patients who are in the final stages of illnesses, including prostate cancer.

In 2015, she decided to put on her hiking boots and trek through Machu Picchu to support prostate cancer research at Mater.

Not only did Professor Hardy join the 13 day trip, which included a four-day, 44-kilometre trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, she also raised almost $8000 to support research to help improve the quality of life of those suffering from prostate cancer.

The Machu Picchu trek raised $273 000 for prostate cancer research at Mater.

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