Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA Recognised as Evidence-Based

Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA has been assessed by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange as meeting the criteria for evidence-based programs that can be considered for implementation by Communities for Children Facilitating Partners. You can find some information here.

This follows on from the inclusion of Sing&Grow on the Nest What Works for Kids website, which has now been launched.

All programs on this website have been assessed by The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth as providing proven evidence of outcomes that enhance the health and well-being of children and youth. The What Works for Kids website, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, cascades down from the outcomes and priority directions outlined in The Nest action agenda and provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with easy access to evidence-based programs, practices and tools that support action to improve outcomes for children and youth.

DSS Funding

Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA is very pleased to announce that they were successful in the recent Federal Department of Social Services tender process, becoming one of only five national programs to receive funding for the next five years, receiving a total of $4.5 million.  This will contribute to ensuring that Sing&Grow music therapy services will be provided to vulnerable families with young children in every Australian state and territory.

The AGE (Melbourne) promotes Sing&Grow

With waiting lists for programs growing and continued funding limitations, Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA has launched a media campaign to appeal to funders and sponsors with a sense of social responsibility.  The following article appeared in THE AGE (Melbourne) and aims to raise awareness of why Sing&Grow not only exists but also remains in high demand.  For any enquiries regarding sponsorship and donation, please contact us.

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Sing&Grow participates in Postnatal Depression Awareness Activities, NSW

 Sing&Grow plays a part in Postnatal Depression Awareness week activities

For the second year running, a Sing&Grow session has been held as part of Postnatal Depression Awareness week activities at Karitane (a service that supports families experiencing perinatal mental health issues). Each year, families affiliated with Karitane are invited to participate in a Pram Walk, followed by other activities that promote the mental health of parents and help raise awareness about Postnatal Depression. This year, families braved the 40 degree heat to go for their pram walk, then participated in a fun, interactive, relaxing music session in air conditioned comfort. Afterwards, parents were invited to reflect and share about ways in which routines, such as a song or book before bedtime, can help with settling their children.

 Sing&Grow has a wonderful ongoing collaboration with Karitane, with programs being held at the Day Service, Jade House, since 2011. Over the past two years, Sing&Grow has run in Jade House every term, with many families experiencing the benefits of shared music participation.

Collaborations: Sing&Grow and Cradle to Kinder (QEC)

Sing&Grow is excited to have recently expanded its existing collaboration with the Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC) in Victoria to include the provision of music therapy services within the organisation’s Cradle to Kinder (C2K) program.  Introduced as a pilot program in July 2014, this one day a week Sing&Grow outreach position works closely with the highly skilled C2K team to deliver intensive music therapy sessions to the young parents and children accessing this vital service. As an integrated component of the established team, the Sing&Grow Music Therapist receives referrals from C2K staff and reports family progress back to the team to assist with case management.

Whilst still in its infancy, the Sing&Grow Music Therapy program is already establishing a set pattern of services within C2K including home visits, family access visits at child protection sites and small group work within the program’s supported playgroup.  Sessions are tailored to address each family’s specific needs and draw from the non-threatening capacity of music to engage families in a much needed therapeutic intervention. Common objectives in sessions include the addressing of developmental delays, trauma, attachment and bonding, as well as development of parental responsiveness to child cues and behaviour with the aim of supporting parents to develop meaningful play interactions during access visits. The long term nature of this weekly position allows the Sing&Grow Music Therapist to establish strong relationships with the families, working closely with them across a number of sessions over an extended period of time.  Specifically designed resources encourage and support parents to continue making meaningful change outside the therapeutic sessions and already, small but significant outcomes have been observed for some of the children participating including more smiles and relaxed presentation, new words and fine motor development through action songs. C2K staff have reported that families are enjoying sessions and enthusiastically telling them all about “music”. The Queen Elizabeth Centre is currently sourcing funding to continue the program in 2015, whilst Sing&Grow is working to secure funding to conduct a thorough evaluation of this cutting edge music therapy service.  For more information about Sing&Grow’s Facility-Based Placements, please contact us.

Sing&Grow: Off to School

Liaison with Community Workers at Jabiru Community Youth Services, Koobara Kindergarten and local Primary Schools (QLD), ascertained that some children in the Zillmere, Taigum and Bracken Ridge communities were not adequately prepared for the potential challenges faced during the  transition to prep and formal education settings.  Building on the trial of a transition to prep program initiated by Jabiru the previous year, Sing&Grow was able to offer evidence-based early intervention for families with young children to support successful transitions to school. To learn more about this program, click here.