Alison Short

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Alison Short seeks to improve health outcomes by knowledge development connecting music and the sound environment with health and wellbeing. Alison heads up the Master of Creative Music Therapy at Western Sydney University as Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Advisor, with formal links to the MARCS Institute, the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), and the Centre for Educational Research (CER). She is also the appointed Leader of a University-wide “Music and Health” Cluster, which incorporates music researchers from psychology, social work, allied health, nursing, medicine, music and other related areas. Alison trained in the first music therapy course in Australia at the University of Melbourne, and later at New York University, bringing the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) back to Australia as the first Primary Trainer accredited to teach GIM in the Southern Hemisphere. Alison has extensive experience in a wide range of clinical settings including mental health, palliative care, aged care, and adult private practice, and also worked for 10 years as a health services researcher within applied medical and nursing contexts. Alison is an Honorary Life Member and past President of the Australia Music Therapy Association, and has many international connections within the music and music therapy research field.

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