The Royal Melbourne Hospital is proud to present "Scrub Sessions" to support our staff, patients and the community through these difficult times.

Scrub Sessions are virtual interviews and unplugged music jams with the special guests lead by the Head of The RMH Scrub Choir, Dr Emma O’Brien OAM. Emma is talking to musicians and other personalities about their inspirations, their top tips for wellbeing, their high and lows, and of course their music.

Each episode will have in-depth interviews and unique unplugged songs. We hope they will broaden our message of kindness to our community, featuring music and wellbeing inspiration, tips and special performances.

Scrub Sessions will be broadcast every two weeks on a Thursday - launching Thursday September 2, 2021.


Episode four - Marshall McGuire

Director of RMH Music Therapy Dr Emma O'Brien OAM spoke to Aria Award-winning harpist and Director of Programming at Melbourne Recital Centre Marshall McGuire on the meaning of music in our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marshall then performs a rendition of "The Rainbow Connection," accompanied by Dr Emma and Olivia O'Brien.

Episode three - Sophie Payten (aka Gordi)

Sophie Payten (aka Gordi) joins Dr Emma and shares her unique experiences as an established Australian singer songwriter and recently qualified Medical Doctor working on the Frontline. She generously talks about her ups and downs and how she re-balances her emotional ‘seesaw’. Sophie then sings with Emma a beautiful cover of Paul Kelly’s, ‘When I first met your Ma’ a love song to his children’s mother and to Melbourne.

Episode two - Special guests, Australian country pop band Darlinghurst

In this week's episode of Scrub Sessions, Head Of Music Therapy Dr Emma O'Brien OAM and special guests, Australian country pop band 'Darlinghurst' discuss songwriting and their music journey thus far in addition to maintaining a positive approach during lockdown.

Episode one – Special guest Sadako Pointer of the 80’s hit group The Pointer Sisters

Sadako discusses with Dr Emma her own personal journey in the music industry, health and family values followed by an exclusive acoustic performance of her new single, ‘Happiness’.

Sadako said, “As a Pointer Sister I have always cherished music and its power to connect us - being virtually part of Scrub Session in Melbourne all the way from LA - shows how music connects us all and how we can help each other, sharing our stories and building hope."

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