Proven social impact

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT program is based on documented research that identifies key issues related to health and social outcomes. It also incorporates recent development in neurological research which notes the beneficial impact of rhythmic interventions on primal brain systems associated with anxiety and emotional control.

Action based research has been built into the core activities of DRUMBEAT since its beginning and continues to inform program content. The facilitator accreditation process also provides regular evaluative feedback which is incorporated into the program design.

Holyoake maintains a commitment to evidence-based practice. A wide range of studies have been completed to ensure program effectiveness and we continue to build our evidence base.

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Summary of Evidence: Download

International Childhood Trauma Conference 2016

Dr Karen Martin and Dr Lisa Wood from University of Western Australia present DRUMBEAT at the International Childhood Trauma Conference 2016. Click here to see their presentation on how group drumming can reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms and dysfunctional behaviour.

Our research clearly shows the DRUMBEAT program makes a substantial difference to the emotional health and wellbeing of high risk youth and impacts equally positively with adults.”

Associate Professor Karen Martin,
University of Western Australia