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Australia and New Zealand Regional Liaison Weblog, October 2022

Kia ora koutou, Greetings from Australia and New Zealand.

Firstly, the hearts of Australian and New Zealand music therapists exit to all folks affected by the current catastrophic floods in Australia, and others all through the world who’re impacted by pure catastrophe, battle, or different traumatic occasions.

Annual Common Conferences

Each nations have not too long ago held their AGMs: MThNZ on the 25th of September 2022, and AMTA™ on twenty sixth of October 2022.

Nationwide Conferences

Whereas there was no convention in New Zealand this yr, MThNZ AGM was adopted by a music making session facilitated by well-known musician and NZ Registered Music Therapist Chris O’Connor; and ‘The Grounding Workshop’.  ‘The Grounding Workshop’ explored notions of cultural competence, cultural security, and cultural intelligence, in knowledgeable facilitated dialog. MThNZ are actually getting ready for giant celebrations in 2023-2024 as we transfer in the direction of 50 years because the institution of Music Remedy New Zealand, and 20 years because the institution of the Grasp of Music Remedy programme at Victoria College of Wellington.

The forty eighth Nationwide Convention of the Australian Music Remedy Affiliation was held on September-October 2022. This very profitable hybrid occasion enabled a superb variety of folks to attend in particular person, in Melbourne, and others had been capable of entry the convention on-line. The theme, targeted on psychological well being, elicited a variety of posters, displays, and workshops from all areas of music remedy observe. Jeanette Tamplin, President of AMTA™, praised the fantastic keynote displays, superb line up of papers and “basic air of anticipation and pleasure in regards to the thrilling issues that we’re shifting in the direction of sooner or later in music remedy in Australia”.

Constitutions and Strategic Plans

Each AMTA™ and MThNZ are engaged on creating their constitutions (guidelines) and strategic plans and are enterprise workforce census/surveys.

The AMTA™ strategic plan for 2022-2025 was launched on the convention in October. The following steps in that plan are to construct on the outcomes of the Workforce Census to develop a Workforce Technique. MThNZ can be conducting a Workforce Survey, to assemble information about present music remedy provision in New Zealand and to assemble details about the actions of Music Remedy New Zealand (MThNZ). The collected data shall be used to tell MThNZ’s ongoing Strategic Plan and to additional improve the event of music remedy in New Zealand in accordance with these aims.

Music Remedy New Zealand (legally often known as the New Zealand Society for Music Remedy) are additionally at the moment drafting a brand new structure attributable to vital adjustments to the NZ Integrated Societies Act 2022. A number of the many crucial adjustments are prone to embrace significantly extra outlined classes of members, renaming ‘council’ as a ‘Board’, and extra statements referring to insurance coverage and indemnity, funds, and disputes and resolutions. The present guidelines and proposed amendments have been despatched to members for session and the up to date Structure is required to be full by 2026. The AMTA™ are additionally working with an exterior regulation agency to evaluate and replace their Structure.

Ongoing Advocacy

Lately, RMTs in Australia have elevated consciousness of music remedy by contributing to Allied Well being consciousness day, Dementia Motion Week and, on R U OK day, RMTs Dr Jennifer Bibb and Natalie Jack drew music therapists’ consideration to methods that can be utilized to prioritise our personal wellbeing.  In New Zealand, on World Psychological Well being Day, and through psychological well being consciousness week, we drew consideration to the methods music remedy can help psychological well being.

In New Zealand we are actually gearing up for Music Remedy Week, from 14th-20th November 2022. The theme this yr is ‘Make the Change’ and can deal with an consciousness marketing campaign as an alternative of specializing in occasions, with knowledgeable publicity agency serving to to roll out the marketing campaign. It will embrace conducting interviews with NZ RMThs across the nation, outdoors of the 2 important cities, with a deal with encouraging folks to contemplate music remedy as a profession choice.

Following current NZ Ministry of Well being’s well being reforms, Music therapists in New Zealand have been persevering with to discover how they’ll contain themselves, alongside different Allied Well being Professionals, within the transitions happening at their area people well being planning degree. They’re additionally persevering with to analyze how they could be included underneath the Well being Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA) as a substitute for being a self-regulated career.

New Zealand Music therapists are additionally concerned within the Ministry of Training (MOE) pay fairness evaluate, specializing in pay fairness, clear understanding of roles, experience, and duties, in particular schooling. The ministry goals for the evaluate to be accomplished and proposals handed earlier than the 2023 election.

The AMTA™ is concerned in ongoing communication with authorities Treasury about making music remedy GST-exempt.


In Australia and New Zealand, Registered Music Therapists are allied well being professionals who work with different well being skilled colleagues throughout a spread of aged care, neighborhood, incapacity, well being, and psychological well being providers, and faculties. In September, Newcastle Registered Music Therapist (RMT), Susan Ashley-Brown was named 2022 Music Therapist of the 12 months on the Allied Well being Awards, which have a good time allied well being professionals from across the nation.

For a few years AMTA, underneath the management of Dr Felicity Baker, have been working with the Royal Fee into Aged Care to extend the availability of music remedy in aged care settings. This can be very thrilling that the fee has now really helpful that by 2024, that “every aged care supplier engages a music or artwork therapist”.

In Australia, the Victorian Faculties Psychological Well being program is now formally obtainable to varsities throughout Victoria as a part of a $200 million Faculties Psychological Well being Fund. RMTs are eligible to offer psychological well being helps by this program.

Hei konā mai

Goodbye for now,


Australia and New Zealand Regional Liaison for WFMT


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