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Petitioning Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill and 2 others

Premier Jay Weatherill, Health Minister Jack Snelling, Leon Bignell MP: Keep Singing for Health Alive - You Can't Stop the Music!

The Singing for Health program helping southern residents overcome social and mental health issues will close in July unless the State Government reverses a decision to axe staff.

Singing for Health is more than just a choir - it keeps members healthy and out of hospital. For many it's their only social activity. It is a wonderful example of the power of music and the arts to transform lives. The amount of funding is tiny, but the impact on the people who participate is life-changing.

As one member says: "If this goes we will stay home and be isolated.  My disability can be extremely isolating and for some of us this is all we have"

Axing the program doesn't even make economic sense: a short hospital stay by just one member will wipe out all the savings made to the health budget. 

Investing in programs like Singing for Health makes sense. Music brings people together in a way that other health programs can't. 

You Can't Stop the Music!

Letter to
Premier of South Australia Jay Weatherill
Member for Mawson Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Health Jack Snelling
Keep Singing for Health Alive: You Can't Stop the Music!

Please reverse the decision to axe the Singing for Health program helping southern residents overcome social and mental health issues.

Singing for Health is more than just a choir - it keeps members healthy and out of hospital. For many members it's their only social activity. It is a wonderful example of the power of music and the arts to transform lives. The amount of funding is tiny, but the impact on the women who participate is life-changing.

This fantastic community health/arts program began in 2009 and involves up to 30 residents of the Southern suburbs who meet to sing a capella at the Noarlunga GP Super Plus Super Clinic each week. It is run by a social worker and psychologist, who each have musical backgrounds.

Music and singing are highly effective ways to keep people healthy, functioning and away from acute health services. It saves money from the over-stretched health budget.

Most importantly it provides a positive and life-affirming social activity for people who would otherwise stay at home and remain isolated.

Axing the program doesn't even make economic sense: a short hospital stay by just one member will wipe out all the savings made to the health budget.

Investing in programs like Singing for Health makes sense. Music brings people together in a way that other health programs can't.

Please don't stop the music! I ask you to do whatever you can to keep this program running.