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Sandra Kirkwood, 
B.Music, B.Occ.Thy, M.Phil.

Music Health Australia 
Mobile: 0488 624 362 
+61 488 624 362

Member of Musicological Society of Australia
Member of Occupational Therapy Australia
Registered Health Professional -- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency


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SANDRA KIRKWOOD is active in community music projects, applied ethnomusicology, and occupational therapy consultancy. She has worked in the health, education, and disability sectors for many years as an Occupational Therapist, Allied Health Consultant, Disability Project Officer, and Equity and Diversity Consultant. Currently, a Small Island Music Researcher, University of Newcastle PhD candidate; and sessional academic with Queensland University of Technology the Oodgeroo Unit, QUT.

Sandra graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern Queensland in 2005, and graduated with a Master of Philosophy from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University in 2009. The topic of her research thesis was
Frameworks of culturally engaged community music practice for rural Ipswich, Australia.

Sandra has completed a number of community music projects in Ipswich that were funded by Arts Queensland and Ipswich City Council. In 2003, Sandra collaborated with the local community and Purga Elders to establish the Purga Music Museum in Ipswich. In 2006, she completed a scoping study of community music in rural Ipswich that resulted in formulation of a Music Action Plan for the Ipswich region.

Sandra founded Music Health Australia in 2008 and continues to direct this service which supports a network of people interested in Music and Health. In 2008, Sandra was commissioned to research and write a book about the 100 year history of the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band, called Turn of the Century: Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band 1909-2009, which is available through the band's website (

Please contact Sandra at Music Health Australia to discuss your service needs and ideas for project collaboration.
Occupational therapy and music services are available in the Ipswich region and surrounding areas.

Music Health Australia was established in 2008, Page last updated 8 Jan, 2018

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