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Radio for wellbeing research

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

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

Researcher Dr Amanda Krause is seeking members of the community to be involved in this research.  

Getting involved – interviews

  • People aged 65 years or over, living in metropolitan Melbourne are invited to participate in an 30-60 minute interview (conducted in English).  
  • The interview will take place at your preferred location, on an agreed day and time.
  • Participants will be given a $25 Coles Group & Myer gift card in appreciation of their time.

Please refer to the research FAQs for more information. If you would like to participate, please contact Amanda from The University of Melbourne via email or phone 03 9035-6134.


* 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.

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