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Music Health Australia is a professional service that assists individuals and communities to organise their music heritage and culture. MHA is a leader in developing socio-ecological frameworks for community music practice, and community-led health promotion.

Music Health Australia
supports individuals and communities to become more active in music making. MHA enables people to develop their musical occupations and enhance their functioning in various environmental contexts. 

Individual session (Medicare or Private Health funding): $15 booking fee. Direct debit prior to consultation.
$50 up to 20 minutes;  $75 up to 30 minutes; $100 for 40 minutes; $150 per hour.
Reports are usually provided at the start and finish of the program $75 (brief); $150 (complex)--if requested.
Group programs are costed according to the number of participants and may range from $15 to $45 per 30 minute session. Participation is dependent on ensuring that no persons or property are harmed. MHA may cancel any sessions at the discretion of the therapist.
Costs of travel to be discussed and quoted. No charge for first 15 minutes.

Music Health Australia is also a network of people who are interested in community music and health promotion. The Music Health email group supports creative problem solving, innovation and service development through inter-professional links.

Music Health e-mail group (
register online to join) is accessible to people from around Australia and internationally. Community music leaders, culture bearers, musicians and health professionals are encouraged to participate in sharing information.

Music Health Australia provides
regional support to community groups and community music facilitators in rural/remote areas. Services are provided on a fee-for-service basis or through community development and health promotion grants. Support Service Annual membership is $70; students/pensioners $35.

Music Health Australia also provides Occupational Therapy in south-east Queensland to support and enhance people's musical development (children and adults). 

The evidence-base for music health practice is growing through reports on participatory action
research, case studies, community consultation and literature review that appears on the MHA website (see
research portfolio).

Music Health Australia contributes to place-based planning and assists in the development of the Long-Term Community Plan for local government (Ipswich City). A number of
music projects have been conducted with support from community members, and sponsorship from local government and Arts Queensland. 

Music Health Australia is part of the Asia-Pacific Community Music Network.
New innovative areas of practice are explored through the
Aero-Space Music Research Think Tank.

Mission Statement 
1. The aim is for Music Health, a state of complete mental, physical and social well-being in relation to music, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

2. We explore and use music to make a difference in people’s lives, and consider the societal benefits of music experience, especially from a holistic perspective.

Service Provision
The primary role of Music Health Australia is to provide professional Music and Health Services that benefit individuals and communities. Rates vary according to the nature of the service, ratio of facilitators to participants, and location.

Occupational therapy services are provided according to the OT Australia 
Code of Ethics.

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Collegiate Network
Music Health Australia supports a network of music and health professionals around Australia. We draw on each others' knowledge and expertise to problem-solve issues. If you would like to join the Music Health e-mail group or community of practice, please
register your interest
This website provides details about Music Services and music heritage and culture resources that have been supplied through national inter-disciplinary linkages. The quality of services is reviewed continuously through publishing news and information about the latest research and developments. We invite members to submit brief articles and news reports for possible inclusion on the website. The aim is to facilitate networking and sharing information between people who are interested in Music and Health and to build the evidence-base.  
Allegiances, Quality Standards, Privacy
Music Health Australia is a private music health service (sole trader). Music Health Australia collects stores and uses personal information only for the purposes of providing music and/or health services and supporting collegiate networking. The information collected is confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent, except to meet government, legal or other regulatory authority requirements. 

If you are a registered recipient of Music Health Australia services, there may be the need to collect information about you or your community group. This information is used for the primary purpose of providing a quality service to you, and or your community group.  In order to thoroughly assess and provide services we may need to collect some personal information from you. If you do not provide this information; we may be unable to service your request. This information may also be used for: 
a. The administrative purpose of running the service; 
b. Billing either directly or through an insurer, grant funding body, or compensation agency; 
c. Use within the practice if discussing or passing your case to another service provider within the 
practice for your ongoing management; 
d. Disclosure of information to those involved in your care to facilitate communication and best possible service to your and/or your community group;  
e. In the case of insurance or compensation claim it may be necessary to disclose and/or collect information that concerns your return to work to an insurer or your employer. 
We do not disclose your personal information to overseas recipients. 
Music Health Australia has a Privacy Policy which provides guidelines on the collection, use, disclosure and security of your information. The Privacy Policy contains information on how you may request access to, and correction of, your personal information and how you may complain about a breach of your privacy and how we will deal with such a complaint. 
To ensure the process of quality service provision, information about your assessment results and 
progress may be given to relevant other service providers, who are involved in your care. These may include your doctor, teachers, specialists, insurers, solicitors, employers, or others discussed with you. 

Before registering and receiving a service, you and/or your group leader are invited to provide signed consent to these privacy arrangements: 
I, (Name), have read the above information and understand the reasons for the collection of my 
personal information and the ways in which the information may be used and disclosed and I agree 
to that use and disclosure. 
I understand that it is my choice as to what information I provide and that withholding or falsifying 
information might act against the best interests of my assessment and service provision. 
I am aware that I can access my personal and service provision information on request and if necessary, 
correct information that I believe to be inaccurate. 
I understand that if, in exceptional circumstances, access is denied for legitimate purposes, that the 
reasons for this and possible remedies will be made available to me. 
I have been provided with or have been given an opportunity to obtain a copy of the Music Health Australia privacy policy.

Music Health Australia is a registered business (BN20926406) and trademark registered in Australia (no. 1264592). Sandra Kirkwood, Occupational Therapist ABN 16 254 093 301.

Website developed by Sandra Kirkwood, 24 September 2008; last updated 22 November, 2015.

© Sandra Kirkwood, 2011 


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