Music Therapy

Music therapy is “the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and wellbeing” (Australian Music Therapy Association Inc.). People of any age or ability may benefit from music therapy regardless of their musical skill or background.

Phone: (03) 9594 4300
Fax: (03) 9594 6049

To support the Music Therapy Department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

Music therapy is “the planned and creative use of music to attain and maintain health and wellbeing” (Australian Music Therapy Association Inc.). People of any age or ability may benefit from music therapy regardless of their musical skill or background.  Music therapy may address physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals within a therapeutic relationship and focuses on meeting therapeutic aims, distinguishing it from musical entertainment or music education.

Music is a familiar part of life for children. It is a non-threatening and accessible medium which can be used to address specific care needs of children and their families during a hospital admission. The Music Therapy team at Monash Children’s Hospital offers an inpatient service to assist children and their families adjust to their diagnosis, treatment and experience of the hospital environment.

The music therapy team use music in a variety of ways to engage and support children and their families and music therapy can be adapted to any child, regardless of their age developmental status and diagnosis. This may include structured music such as familiar song singing and song-writing, or less structured music such as improvised instrument playing to support the expression of emotion. The music therapy team treat children who may:

  • may be experiencing pain, stress or anxiety;
  • require assessment for appropriate sensory stimulation;
  • require emotional support in adjusting to a chronic illness;
  • require distraction and emotional support during a medical procedure;
  • require increased developmental stimulation from the multi-disciplinary team; or
  • benefit from increased motivation for physical movement and rehabilitation
Information for patients and families
Referrals

Inpatient music therapy services are currently available at Monash Children’s Clayton and at Monash Children’s Casey in Newborn Services.  Children and their families may be referred to the music therapy service by any member of the multi-disciplinary care team.

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