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On behalf of the National Conference Committee, I would like to invite you to the 44th Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference to be held in Sydney, September 14 -16 2018.


Reflecting on last year’s conference, we as music therapists were encouraged to consider our professional trajectory, negotiating an ever-changing landscape to deliver, refine and reconnect with the music, and music therapy’s capacity to change lives.

It is this ever-changing landscape that has captured this year’s Committee’s imagination to explore the on-going process of adaption. As music therapists, we are constantly adapting to the landscape of our working environment, cultures, roles, people and politics. Each of these landscapes brings challenges and barriers as well as celebrated successes that in turn help us to further develop and facilitate our profession.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic song “Hey Jude” by Paul McCartney. Timeless in its words and melody, it too has been adapted from its first 36-piece orchestral recording lasting more than 7 minutes to the present day versions. As we continue to adapt and “make things better,” I would like to warmly invite you to the 2018 Conference to be held at the Rydges Sydney Central. This vibrant and creative Committee welcome you and your support and anticipate a program to stimulate the chameleon in all of us!

Samantha Schoeler-Jones

Samantha Schoeler-Jones
Conference Convenor