Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference - Brisbane


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AMTA National Conference and PDS 2014

The 40th conference of the Australian Music Therapy Association will be held this year at The Royal on the Park, Alice Street, Brisbane, Queensland.

Welcome reception:  Thursday 28 August 2014

Conference and concurrent PDS sessions:  Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August 2014

RMT-only PDS:  Sunday 31 August 2014


Keynote speaker: Dr Grace Thompson  RMT

Riding the momentum of 40 years of music therapy and expanding our community of practice

In 40 years, lots of things change, and perhaps that’s why 40 is traditionally a time to reflect, evaluate and celebrate. Society’s notion of “therapy” and the ways we experience and participate in music has shifted and expanded since the pioneering days of music therapy in Australia and indeed the rest of the world. As music therapy continues to navigate beyond the traditional boundaries of health and education settings, we have embraced words such as collaboration, partnership and strength-based practice. At the same time, never before in our history have we had so many clinicians with considerable practice experience and such a fast growing generation of researchers in Australia. These conditions provide us with a new collective capacity to reflect deeply on the ways we engage people in musicking for health and wellbeing, as well as the courage to expand our community of practice in order to progress our profession in the years to come.

This presentation will reflect upon music therapy’s rich heritage, explore current trends emerging in health care and promotion, and propose ideas to continue to develop our community of practice. 

Call for papers: The call for papers is now closed.

Registration will open shortly. For further information see the AMTA conference website -

Accommodation: The conference and PDS will be held at The Royal on the Park, Alice Street, Brisbane.  Rates start at $159 for a twin/double room on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. Conference accommodation bookings will open in March. This conference rate can only be accessed through AMTA.