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Recovery playlist

Red Cross and triple j have developed a recovery playlist of new music and expert advice to help young people.

Tuesday November 20, 2012


Red Cross has joined with national youth broadcaster triple j to develop a recovery playlist of new music and expert advice to help young people who have experienced trauma.

Red Cross National Recovery Coordinator, Kate Brady, said recovering from a traumatic event, such as a bushfire, flood or medical emergency, can be a long and difficult process with particular challenges for teenagers and young adults.

"Our experience in the aftermath of disasters like the Black Saturday bushfires is that people aged 12 to 25 need dedicated resources to help them engage in the recovery process," said Ms Brady.

"We have partnered with triple j to produce the playlist which is full of new music, recovery messages from well known triple j identities and advice from a number of experts.

"The playlist uses music and storytelling to let young people know they are not alone and it is normal to feel some stress and anxiety after a traumatic event. It is a powerful way to deliver important information in a format that young people prefer and that they can access in their own time."

Triple j Marketing Manager, Fiona Lake, said the playlist was a great opportunity to work with Red Cross to develop a recovery product, drawing on the exciting Australian musical talent that has been discovered on triple j Unearthed.

"At triple j we know the power of music and its ability to make people feel good. Triple j Unearthed is an amazing resource so we were happy to tap into it to create an inspiring playlist for young people recovering from a traumatic event," said Ms Lake.

The playlist includes:

  • Music from 13 artists from triple j Unearthed - APES, Atluk, City Riots, The Falls, ILUKA, Patrick James, L-Fresh the Lion, Jeremy Neale, Rainy Day Woman, Redspencer, Phebe Starr, Tigertown and Tyler Touché.
  • Recovery messages from triple j's breakfast presenters Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson and a discussion from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on how your mind responds to a disaster.
  • Expert advice on maintaining relationships from Lyndal Power of Relationships Australia, on sleep from adolescent psychotherapist Bronwyn Tarrant, on diet and exercise from Dr Peter Lewis, on mindfulness and meditation from Dr Craig Hassed of Monash University, on taking care of your pets from the RSPCA and on the importance of the environment with Landcare.


Red Cross will promote the playlist in evacuation and recovery centres when disasters strike and will also incorporate into youth outreach activities in schools.

The playlist is available from