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Music Therapy and Palliative Care

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The Hawke Centre

55 North Terrace

Adelaide, SA 5000

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My gift is my song, and this one’s for you”:

using music therapy to support patients and families in palliative care



Dr Lucy Forrest, RMT NMT PhD

Alfred Health, Victoria


Have you ever wondered how music therapy could be used in your service to help support patients and families in palliative care?


Dr Lucy Forrest, a Registered Music Therapist in palliative care for more than 20 years, will be joining us on Thursday 1st August to speak about music therapy in palliative care.


Being in hospital, or being told you are going to die can be very frightening and stressful for people. Music can be familiar, comforting and relaxing”, says Lucy. “It can impact physiological responses, provide emotional and spiritual support, change how we are feeling, and bring people together.”


Lucy will provide a general overview and introduction to music therapy, sharing a neuro-bio-psycho-social approach to using music in healthcare; and discussing how music therapy can be used to support people living with life-threatening illness, whether they are newly diagnosed, or facing end-of-life-care.


Working in the home, in an acute hospital setting, and in inpatient palliative care settings, Lucy develops music therapy programs specific to each person/family’s needs. She works with children and adults across the lifespan, and with people from diverse backgrounds, incorporating each person’s cultural beliefs and traditions into her work.


Through stories and music from her clinical work, Lucy will share examples of how music therapy can provide symptom and procedural support; offer an alternate means of communication, expression and connection; address rehabilitation goals in palliative care; and enhance feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. Lucy will also discuss music therapy approaches she uses in her work, including active and receptive music therapy methods that involve creating, re-creating and sharing music; and potential contra-indications to the use of music therapy in palliative care.


Who is this program for? Palliative care and hospice staff, doctors, nurses, allied health staff including psychologists, social workers, counsellors, pastoral carers, music and art therapists, health and aged care staff, volunteers, individuals and their families.



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