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Pictured left: Tracie, our Registered Music Therapist.
What is music therapy?
Music therapy is the intentional use of music to actively support people’s health, functioning and wellbeing.
Registered Music Therapists incorporate a range of music-making methods within and through a therapeutic relationship to support people of any age and ability regardless of musical skill, culture or background.
A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association Inc. They draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice. They are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.
Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing.
What are the benefits of music therapy in palliative care?
As music is strongly linked to our memories and emotions, music therapy can increase feelings of relaxation, enjoyment, emotional and spiritual support as well as help to support family relationships.
Music is a very effective tool for reducing a patient’s perception of pain or feelings of anxiety/agitation which can be a common side effect of a palliative diagnosis. It also helps them to express their identity and reconnects with who they are as a person, outside of their diagnosis and the hospital environment.
Music based experiences also allow patients to express their thoughts and emotions to create positive memories with loved ones, or to create legacy documents through song writing or music life review.
How can patients & families access the service?
Patients and families can request music therapy anytime during their time at Dove Palliative Care. Alternatively, a referral may be made to music therapy from the medical, nursing or allied health staff.