Choir: cheaper than hospital and just as essential

Researchers are measuring the value of arts engagement against psychiatric care and counting the benefits.
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When Dr Genevieve Dingle first met Trevor he was experiencing six to eight epileptic seizures a day and suffering from significant mental health problems, including serious depression.

Now he is animated and seizure-free. The difference is not psychiatric care but singing: six months with the Athe Absolutely Everybody choir in Brisbane, operated by the School of Hard Knocks.

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Craig Garrett
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Craig Garrett is an international audio producer, award-winning community radio journalist, author and editor with over 20 years’ experience in the creative arts, literary and media sectors.