Striking a chord: Consolidating music therapy's future in palliative care

Striking a chord: Consolidating music therapy's future in palliative care

Abstract

The palliative care movement in Australia began in the early 1980's in response to the perceived unmet needs of the dying. Since this time the field of palliative care has evolved and developed into a recognised specialty of health care practice that acknowledges the holistic needs of patients and their families/carers. During this time music therapists and organisations have committed themselves to researching, supporting, and promoting music therapy's unique and effective role in palliative care. This paper outlines the evolution of palliative care, and palliative care/music therapy services, in Australia. It shall also highlight how music therapists can build upon existingfoundations so as to consolidate music therapy's future in palliative care and the larger health care movement.

 

Keywords: palliative care; historical; music therapy


Citation

Hogan, B., & Cockayne, M. (2003). Striking a chord: Consolidating music therapy's future in palliative care. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 14, 50-62.

 


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Date published: July 2003