Academic journal article Australian Journal of Music Therapy

Topical Issues in Music Therapy

Academic journal article Australian Journal of Music Therapy

Topical Issues in Music Therapy

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AJMT Volume 28 marks the first 12 months of AJMT online, and is a tribute to the legacy set up by our previous Editor, Dr Helen Shoemark. Both analytic data and anecdotal feedback suggest that AJMT is widely read and enjoyed throughout the world, and that readers value the new, freely online format. This year's edition promises more informative and inspiring reading with 5 articles covering diverse and topical issues within contemporary music therapy practice.

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia has had challenging ramifications for music therapists. Helen Cameron, an experienced clinician, reflects on the limitations of this funding scheme for people with intellectual disabilities. Drawing on case studies, Cameron argues that the current NDIS model, recommending initial short-term therapy with follow up care from assistants, does not support people with profound and multiple disabilities who benefit from expert long-term music therapy.

Felicity Baker also adds to the topical discussion by offering a theoretical framework and group songwriting protocol for caregivers of people living with dementia. With rising numbers of community-dwelling people living with dementia, it is important to identify mechanisms that support informal family carers. …

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