Music therapy is an evidence-based practice in which music is used to actively support people to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
Music Therapy can address psychological, physical, social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, neurological, behavioural and sensory needs with people of any age, regardless of their musical background or ability levels.
As such it can be beneficial to those with therapeutic needs relating to cognitive or developmental delays, life limiting or impacting illness, trauma and crisis, grief and loss, acquired or traumatic brain injury and for those with non-typical neurological needs. Music therapy is also an excellent tool for general self care, confidence building, team development, stress relief and mindful practice.
MT can take place in clinical, educative or community based settings, in groups, individually or as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Clients can self refer by approaching a registered music therapist in their locality or be referred by a medical practitioner. Some music therapy programs are provided through funding bodies, some require private payment and, unfortunately, MT is not covered by health insurances or Medicare.
Registered Music Therapist‘s incorporate a range of musical interventions within a variety of therapeutic frameworks, based on the specific needs of their clients. Each client is assessed, individual goals are set and progress is evaluated to ensure maximum therapeutic outcome and best practise.
RMT’s are bound by a strict code of ethics including confidentiality, ongoing professional development and registration with their professional body.
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