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Counting the cost of losing Ausdance National

August 9, 2019 Dance

The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare would like to publicly acknowledge the extraordinary service that Ausdance National has given to the dance community in Australia over the past 42 years. It was originally founded as the Australian Association for Dance Education in 1977 and since that time has consistently fought for the support of […]

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Reflections on Paulette Mifsud

February 16, 2018 Performance Psychology

This text was originally published by ASPAH in August, 2017. Last week marked the first anniversary of the death of someone who was a good friend of ASPAH. Paulette Mifsud was a highly regarded sports psychologist working at the Victorian Institute of Sports but it was her passion for the emotional health and well-being of […]

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Rachael, Monash and Ellis

November 12, 2017 Performers' Perspectives

What area of the performing arts do you work/study in? (Right to Left): I’m Rachael. I play piano and percussion, and I’m in my final year studying to be a classroom music teacher. I’m Monash. I’m a flute player. I’ve completed my BMus and I’m doing a Grad Dip in Secondary Education. My name is […]

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Jo Lagerlow: flautist, musician, teacher, researcher

I presented my research at ASPAH in 2015. I was identifying the most common postural issues in children learning music and finding what cues and strategies we could give these kids to help them improve. Unsurprisingly, the research shows that if you tell kids about this stuff, they do improve, unless they really don’t care. […]

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Ambassador Interview: Glenn Christensen (ACO)

September 21, 2017 Ambassador, Musicians

ASPAH Ambassador Glenn Christensen of the Australian Chamber Orchestra discusses his career and performing arts healthcare. 1. How did you get involved in the performing arts? Why did you decide to pursue a profession in the performing arts? I started playing violin as a four year old in Mackay, Queensland, and always loved performing for […]

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Ambassador Interview: Amber Scott (Australian Ballet)

May 28, 2017 Ambassador, Dance

ASPAH Ambassador Amber Scott of The Australian Ballet discusses her career and performing arts healthcare. 1. How did you get involved in the performing arts? Why did you decide to pursue a profession in the performing arts? I never felt like I made a conscious choice to become a ballerina. Dancing has always been part […]

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Embodied Performance: Musicians and Movement

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley Growing up in Kingston, Bob Marley experienced the poverty and desperation that was to underpin these lyrics from the song ‘Trench Town Rock’. The line quoted celebrates the capacity of music to sweep you up out of everyday worries and […]

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Addressing Playing-related Pain: Some Ideas for Musicians

There is no single answer for anyone’s management of pain or prevention of injury. It requires addressing your particular instrument, your particular body, your particular lifestyle, your particular training. Following are some of the lessons I have learnt over the years that I would like to share from my experiences attempting to discuss and address […]

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Enhancing Confident Music Performance with Guided Imagery & Music

“If only I could play as well in front of others as I do when I’m practicing”.. a thought common to many musicians – amateurs and professionals alike. Have you imagined what it would be like to play well, without nerves? Or re-lived a bad performance experience in your mind’s eye? You have been tapping […]

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