Singing for breathing in people with severe non-malignant, chronic lung diseases

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Assoc Prof Natasha Smallwood 0401821623 Personal web page

Summary Group singing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has not only demonstrated improvement in quality of life, but has been shown to be an enjoyable experience, with the potential for reducing social isolation and enhancing emotional well-being. With the recent events of COVID-19 imposing social distancing and isolation, those with chronic respiratory disease are at greater risk of social isolation and do not have ready access to other forms of social interaction and therapies which may assist in improving symptoms. An alternative approach to group singing through the use of technology will be examined in this series of mixed methods studies, with a focus on its impact on social and emotional well-being, as well as the effects on dyspnoea, activity levels, sleep, anxiety and quality of life

Project Details

This research is funded through a large grant to undertake a Phase 2 Clinical trial of Singing for breathing, as well as qualitative research to understand the experiences of participants and their caregivers who participate in the program.Self-management of chronic disease will also be considered. This project is well suited to someone interested in a PhD, from  a background in medicine, nursing or allied health (including music therapy).

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Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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