Discover the benefits of the Therapeutic Harp Program
The Therapeutic Harp program is a professional bedside service offering harp music at Canberra Hospital, the Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC), Clare Holland House, and the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, plus University of Canberra Hospital.
This unique service is available to all patients, provided by Alison Ware, Creative Arts Therapist and Certified Clinical Musician. There are many heartwarming benefits to patients, their loved ones and families, plus those who hear the soothing music drifting down the corridor.
If you would like to arrange a therapeutic harp session for a patient in hospital, please contact Alison Ware
on 0402 134 479
As a complementary modality, therapeutic harp can provide beauty, deep rest and peace.
The service is patient centred, with music specifically tailored to each individual patient and chosen to support health, comfort and wellbeing.
The intention is to enhance quality of life to all patients across Canberra Health Service campuses, offering support through the universal language of music.
The purpose of the therapeutic harp service is neither to entertain nor to give a performance, but to provide a quiet space for rest, reflection and wellbeing.
Benefits of live harp music
- Promotes wellbeing, deep rest, relaxation & facilitates sleep
- Uplifts, energizes and provides joy
- Facilitates reminiscence, mental clarity & stimulates memory
- Allows for the release of emotion and grieving
- Offers comfort care at end of life
- Assists in pain management
- May assist fatigue, depression anxiety and stress
- Reduces isolation and provides social connection
- Provides distraction
- Enhances a patient’s hospital stay and can provide a welcoming and calm space within all hospital areas
"There were many passing comments that the music made a difference to the overall feel and soundscape of the hospital and ward areas. Many patients came and sat at their doorways to talk and listen to the music. Staff commented that it helped dispel the overall feeling of anxiety and stress experienced during the pandemic."
"Alison recently spent a lot of time with one of our long term ICU patients who very much looked forward to these visits and feedback included how the harp helped them cope with the ICU environment."
A 'come and try the harp' workshop inspired Alison to learn to play the harp. This led her on a journey to gain more skills and qualifications to be able to offer such a unique service.
Alison’s broad and diverse work history enables her to bring a wide variety of skills to honour, respect and support people experiencing physical, emotional and spiritual pain.