Radio for wellbeing research

August 7, 2018

Older woman smiling at camera wearing pink sunglasses

We’re proud to be funding research by The University of Melbourne exploring how music programming on radio impacts the lives of older listeners across Australia.

Music is proven to positively influence moods and behaviours* and benefit psychological well-being**. This research project is exploring how the daily lives of individuals can be enhanced through music played on radio. Ultimately, this research is exploring how radio listening habits relate to older listeners’ sense of wellbeing.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in either an interview or completing the survey. Winners of the $50 Coles Group & Myer Gift Card Competition will be notified directly.

Researcher Dr Amanda Krause is analysing the data collected and we will be sharing findings via our website and e-news soon.

Getting involved – radio stations

Are you involved in programming content at your community radio station? Dr Amada Krause invites you to participate in a short interview focused on engaging the community. For more information, please contact researcher Dr Amanda Krause by email or phone 03 9035-6134.


This research is supported by the Community Broadcast Foundation and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Melbourne.

Coffman, D. D. (2002). Music and quality of life in older adults. Psychomusicology,18(1-2), 76-88.

**Chang, Y.-S, Chu, H. Yang, C.-Y., Tsai, J.-C., Chung, M.-H., Liao, Y.-M, … Chou, K.-R (2015). The efficacy of music therapy for people with dementia: A meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Clinic Nursing, 24, 3425-3440. Doi:10.1111/jocn.12976.


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