Health Literacy and Health Education Mobility for Musicians: a global approach
This project aims to build a global research network to address both health education mobility and health literacy for musicians world-wide. Music participation is widely acknowledged to have health benefits across the lifespan and to diminish cultural divides. Paradoxically, despite its global popularity and community benefits, the act of making music involves highly repetitive actions under psychologically demanding conditions. Research indicates this may result in a high injury risk for musicians, irrespective of age, musical style, genre or cultural background. It is essential for health promotion to become embedded in the education of musicians to improve health outcomes and career sustainability over their lifespan.
A result of this project is formation of the Musicians' Health Literacy Consortium, an interdisciplinary, multicultural research network focused on developing innovative, sustainable, effective and accessible approaches to musicians’ health education in higher education settings. The network builds on existing international collaborations between Australian and Canadian researchers, adding experienced researchers from the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, to form a global perspective on this important public health issue. All team members have substantial track records in health education and research for musicians, yet they have different but complementary expertise and skill sets. It is comprised of both senior and early career researchers.
To initiate this research program, team members met for two intensive collaborative workshops at the University of Western Australia and Maastricht University in 2018 to facilitate dialogue, develop collaborative research sub-strands, promote researcher mobility, and allow for the exchange of regional perspectives on the issue of musicians’ health education.