What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a research-based allied health profession in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.

You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit from music therapy. Qualified music therapists plan and provide musical experiences for their clients. Each session is tailored to the needs and goals of the client.

Music therapists are committed to supporting people of any age, ability or background. They work across the full age spectrum from newborn children through to older adults.

Visit the Australian Music Therapy Association for more information.

What is a Registered Music Therapist?

A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a music therapist who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). To be eligible to register with AMTA, a Registered Music Therapist needs to complete a certified university course in music therapy and maintain their skills through ongoing professional development as approved by the AMTA.

Currently in Australia, music therapy training is at a master’s level and courses are offered at The University of Melbourne and The Western Sydney University. The course is two years full time.

To enter the master’s course, students must have completed an undergraduate degree in music or a related health profession with demonstrated high level musical skills.

Can my child access music therapy if their speech pathologist works elsewhere or vice versa?

Yes, whilst offering collaborative sessions is a benefit of QPAH, we understand not all children can or need to access multiple disciplines. We also respect the right of our clients to choose their own therapists, whether they are at our clinic or somewhere else.

What age can my child start therapy?

Any age – no child is too young! Children’s development starts from birth and our therapists are trained to pre-empt and assess developmental milestones before they are overtly achieved. Early intervention is key and there is rarely a need to ‘wait and see’. 

Do I have to be referred by a doctor?

No, the QPAH team can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. However, if you are not on the NDIS and wish to receive a Medicare subsidy you will be required to obtain an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Referral from your GP. EPC do not cover Music Therapy.

What are the benefits of having joint sessions?

In particular reference to music therapy and speech pathology, research highlights the advantages of combining these two disciplines. In particular, the use of music can support sustained attention and longer periods of engagement making therapy sessions more productive, further supporting children to achieve their goals.

Treatment duration depends on your needs and goals, your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and other factors. Re-evaluations will be done to assess your progress and your therapist communicates with other stakeholders to help you achieve your therapy goals.

That all depends! If you are flexible with your appointment times, you are likely to get in much sooner than if you are only available before or after school. These peak appointment times have waiting lists of a least 3 months.

QPAH offers home visits when a clinical need is identified and the clinician’s timetables allow. Due to our busy schedules it can be difficult to allocate additional time to travel, so we are unable to offer home visits based on client preference.

All of QPAH's services are covered under the NDIS. If you require our support and are not eligible for the NDIS, please talk to your GP about an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referral. Both speech and occupational therapy are able to be accessed via an EPC, at a subsidised rate for up to 5 sessions in total, across a 12-month period of time. If you have extras cover in your private health insurance, you can use this to access speech and occupational therapy once your EPC has run out.

Music therapy is only able to be accessed via the NDIS. Medicare and private health insurers do not cover music therapy.

Please give our client care team a call on 07 5647 6120 to let us know if you can't make it to a scheduled appointment. You can also reply to the SMS reminder you receive for your appointment.

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