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Community recovery: musical inspirations, creative collaborations, and health reform

2011 PHC Research Conference: Paper abstract

Aims & rationale/Objectives
This is a critical reflection on practice about a community recovery sing-a-long that was initiated through online Music Health professional networking with communties from 31 January, 2011 to 30 June, 2011.
Members of communities which were affected by the Queensland flood disasters in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich were invited to create verses about their own flood experience to the tune of "Click! Goes the Shears." The project was monitored through ethnographic description and multi-media recording to enable critical reflection on practice with facilitators and participants. The project report reveals examples of how community members were able to discuss and solve their own problems through a community of practice.
The findings demonstrate that communities have the capacity to create songs and to sing them in a social environment that supports local community recovery after natural disasters. Music Health professionals have an important role in initiating, enabling the creative collaboration, and mediating the creative process to encourage buoyancy and re-building of communities. The critical reflection on practice reveals that this process was a significant innovation toward reforming health care by introducing a remote method of community-based rehabiliation service delivery.
This project reveals a new way of supporting communities to self-manage their own social and emotional recovery after flood devastation. The Music Health professional was able to inspire community engagement and support the creative collaboration through remote email networking. The outcome reveals that this was a low cost intervention that could be carried out by volunteers in the absence of funding allocated to community music projects.
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Primary health care in all forms
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Kirkwood S. (2011). Community recovery: musical inspirations, creative collaborations, and health reform. In: 2011 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia.

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