Towards integrating a holistic rehabilitation system: The implications for music therapy

Towards integrating a holistic rehabilitation system: The implications for music therapy

Abstract

The philosophy underpinning rehabilitation services is continually evolving (McGrath and Davis, 1992). Music therapists, like all health professionals, respond and adapt to accommodate these changes to ensure their role in these structures is secure. This process of adaptation is particularly important for the music therapy profession as it is not currently recognised as an essential service in rehabilitation facilities in Australia (Milford, 1993). This paper explores the impact of an altered treatment ideology (from multidisciplinary to interdisciplinary) on music therapy clinical practice in a 63-bed rehabilitation facility specialising in the rehabilitation of clients with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), mostly through road trauma.

Keywords: Music therapy, holistic rehabilitation, acquired brain injury


Citation

Baker, F. & Lee, K. (1997). Towards integrating a holistic rehabilitation system: The implications for music therapy. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 8, 30-7.


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Date published: July 1997