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DOVE CELEBRATES A DECADE

Dove Palliative Care at Caloundra Hospital is celebrating its 10th birthday following its major renovation and extension.

Wishlist has directed more than $200,000 to the award-winning palliative care unit since inception, thanks to generous donors and families who have used the service.

This includes a recent $16,000 boost to the music therapy program by way of electronic equipment, landscaping and a dedicated Music Therapy Room.

Music therapist Tracie Wicks said patient Wayne Miles (pictured) was the inspiration behind the room.

“Having a space away from the hospital room, which is very clinical and has lots of equipment, to a space that feels homely and comfortable allows people to settle in and enjoy music therapy,” Ms Wicks said.

Music therapy is a research-based practice in which music is used to actively support a patient’s health and wellbeing.

“We know that music is very strongly linked to our memory centre, bringing back memories from our life, and that is often very important for people facing the end of their life,” she said.

“To sit back and review your life and think about your achievements and milestones and talk about the people you love. For Wayne, relating to songs is a way of expressing himself, telling his story.”

The innovative music therapy program started in 2016 and has become one of the most popular services for patients and families who have received a terminal diagnosis.