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Call for Abstracts

Conference theme

This year’s theme is: ‘Music Therapy the chameleon: exploring the diversity, scope and balance of adaption’.

As music therapists, we are constantly adapting to a variety of landscapes, cultures, roles, people and politics. We adapt our approaches, technology, theories and research. We adapt to meet client needs, establish and maintain employment, and expand body of evidence. Such capacity for adaption has facilitated growth and development of our profession. It has also generated enormous diversity that is unique to music therapy.

At this conference, we aim to explore the facilitators, barriers, successes, challenges, benefits and concerns of our adaptability. We invite you to join us in reflecting upon, and discussing, all facets of adaption within our uniquely diverse profession.

Abstracts are invited for the following streams within the theme:
  1. Adapting to landscapes (professional roles, people, politics and current trends) e.g. how do we navigate through NDIS? What are the challenges and successes of establishing and maintaining jobs in multidisciplinary settings such as hospitals, schools, organisations? What are the benefits and concerns of a consultancy service within music therapy?
  2. Adapting to culture e.g. facilitators and barriers of connecting to Indigenous culture, respecting cultural values/differences while pursuing therapeutic goals, providing ‘a voice’ to those forgotten, misunderstood or unheard.
  3. Adapting resources and therapeutic tools for clinical practice e.g. utilising technology, modifying instruments, combining therapeutic approaches/theories to meet client needs, impact to supervision.
  4. Striving for balance e.g. in our efforts to adapt to international cultures, has our own Indigenous culture been forgotten? In our efforts to adapt to certain trends and politics, is our profession more hidden amongst the landscape than uniquely recognised? In our efforts to prove efficacy are we missing understanding of the clinical practice? In our necessity to adapt to various landscapes are we losing recognition of the unique essence of music therapy?

Abstract Format

Abstracts should address the conference theme, must not exceed 400 words and must not contain tables or graphs. To ensure a blind review, please ensure your abstract does not contain identifying material. This includes reference to unique features about the context, client or author. To avoid this, it is recommended that authors do not include specific information about the city in which their work takes part.

Please include a brief biography, no more than 50 words.

Contribution formats

Submissions are invited for the following formats:
  • Oral presentation (20 mins presentation+ 10 mins Q&A)
  • Student oral presentation (15 mins presentation + 5 mins Q&A)
  • Poster presentation (Posters will be on display during the conference. You will also present a 3min summary of your work at the designated ‘Poster Hour’)
  • Round table comprising 3-4 presenters (60 mins)
  • Interactive Workshop – facilitating active learning through discussion and activities (60 mins)

Submissions are to be made online via the link at the top of the page.

Submission criteria and review process

Each abstract will be peer reviewed by two scientific committee members and ranked according to the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Contribution of new knowledge/understanding to the music therapy profession
  • Clarity and coherence of written expression
Successful applicant terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be offered a place in the conference program. Where possible, successful applicants will be offered their first preference of presentation format at the conference. However, some may be invited to present in a different format.

All presenters will be required to formally accept the invitation by registering and paying the conference registration fee.


Abstract submissions open Now Open
Abstract submissions close 18 May 2018
Notification of Acceptance 29 June 2018
Draft program available July 2018


Technical questions about submissions and program can be sent to the Scientific Chair Dr Alison Liew Stewart, RMT at

Please direct all other program enquiries to:

AMTA2018 Conference Secretariat
T: +61 (03) 9682 0500