Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Department engages children through music making, singing, therapeutic music listening and song writing to help with their emotional wellbeing and improve health outcomes while they are in hospital. Our team of music therapists use age-appropriate musical activities to address the developmental, emotional, psychological, cognitive and social needs of our patients. Music Therapy is used to:

  • make the hospital experience less daunting for children
  • offer an engaging and enjoyable distraction while children are undergoing treatment
  • decrease anxiety before/during medical and surgical procedures
  • encourage children to express themselves (including their feelings and emotions about their illness/injury/condition)
  • help children manage pain
  • encourage children to participate in functional (and often repetitive) rehabilitation exercises by making them fun and engaging.

Children may receive music therapy in the early stages of their hospital stay to help them relax and sleep better, increase their level of alertness and help them cope with the hospital environment.

As a child’s recovery progresses, music therapy may be combined with other therapies, such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy, to focus on more complex goals, such as motor skills, cognitive skills and speech/language/ communication skills.

Music therapy can be effective in meeting the diverse psychosocial needs of children through song writing and improvisation, and can offer opportunities for self-expression and communication. It can also help children identify their strengths, enabling them to maintain a sense of self-esteem and dignity.

Music therapy at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is part of our Allied Health service and consists of a team of five Registered Music Therapists providing clinical music therapy to patients and families with a range of medical conditions.

Clinics

Music Therapy Clinic
Level 6 (6a), Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Monday to Friday  |  8am–4.30pm (by referral only)

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

All inpatients being cared for at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital are eligible to participate in Music Therapy.

Catchment area

This service is available to Children living in Queensland and northern New South Wales who are being cared for as inpatients or outpatients at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and other Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service facilities.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Please speak with your child’s treating medical team about being referred to the Music Therapy service.

Information for health professionals

Music Therapy is implemented as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to paediatric health care. Music therapists work across all branches of children’s health care including Child and Youth Community Health services and Child and Youth Community Health services. Music therapy at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is part of our Allied Health service and consists of a team of seven Registered Music Therapists providing clinical music therapy to patients and families with a range of medical conditions.

Children may receive music therapy in the early stages of their hospital stay to help them relax and sleep better, increase their level of alertness and help them cope with the hospital environment.

As a child’s recovery progresses, music therapy may be combined with other therapies, such as occupational and physiotherapy, to focus on more complex goals, such as motor skills, cognitive skills and speech/language/ communication skills.

Music therapy can be effective in meeting the diverse psychosocial needs of children through song writing and improvisation, and can offer opportunities for self-expression and communication. It can also help children identify their strengths, enabling them to maintain a sense of self-esteem and dignity.

Referral instructions

Inpatients
Referrals can be made via Patient Flow Manager (PFM).

Outpatients
Referrals can be made by completing an Allied Health referral form (CHQ staff only).

Emergency referrals
Call #5818 for any emergency music therapy referral (for urgent medical procedure support at the Emergency Department only).

Useful links

Australian Music Therapy Association

Our team

Director

Penny Power

Music therapists

Ms Angela Delaney MMus Thy, BSpec Ed (Clinical Lead)
Mrs Kate Aitchison MMus Thy, MaMH (CYMHS Day Prog North)
Ms Monique Bathis MMus Thy, BA Psych
Mrs Helen Carrington MMus Thy, NMT
Mrs Carmen Cheong -Clinch PhD, MusThy (CYMHS Inpts)
Ms Kylie Ferris MMus Thy
Ms Lucy Leu-Marshall MMus Thy, BMus
Mr Tim Minchin MMus Thy
Ms Tara Shrestha MMus Thy, BA, NMT

This service is available at

Allied Health (6a)
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Level 6
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 4198
e: LCCH-Music@health.qld.gov.au 

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am-4.30pm.

Resources

Music and my baby at home fact sheet
Music and my child at home fact sheet
Music therapy fact sheet
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