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The Role of Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy

Music therapy is a profession that uses music (and musical elements such as rhythm) in an intentional way to bring benefits to patients and families on all domains - physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually. Those participating in music therapy do not have to be a musician or have a musical background. Activities are tailored to promote participation, whether that be actively playing instruments and singing, or listening as music is played.
 

Who can participate in a Music Therapy Session

Music therapy is for everyone! It is not just for the children, but all family members can join in – from newborn babies through to beloved grandparents. The benefits for children are usually enhanced when other family members and friends also participate, and music therapy sessions often become a source of fond memories of good times spent together.
 

What are the benefits for children and their families who are supported by palliative care

Music therapy offers many benefits including assisting with pain management, reducing stress and anxiety, providing opportunities for self-expression and memory making, and promoting participation in meaningful (and often fun) activities that enhance quality of life.
 

Where can Music Therapy be offered (e.g. hospital or home)

Children and families can participate in music therapy sessions when they are admitted to hospital, when they come in to the hospital for outpatient appointments (often but not exclusively in joint sessions with other palliative care professionals such as OT and Physio), as well as have sessions at home.
 

Who do I talk to if I want to find out more about Music Therapy for my child and family?

Please contact the Registered Music Therapist through your Palliative Care team to find out more information or to request a music therapy session. Further information about music therapy can also be found on the Australian Music Therapy Association website at: https://www.austmta.org.au/