Music Therapy Symposium & MThNZ AGM


Music Therapy Symposium & MThNZ AGM

Aug 16, 201908:45 pm

Aug 18, 201903:45 am(GMT+0)


Waikato Hospice, 334 Cobham Dr, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3204

Event details

Still me; music therapy and person-centred dementia care


Waikato Hospice, Hamilton

NB: Programme Draft Two - subject to change

Day One: Saturday 17th August

8.45am Registrations

9.30am Mihi whakatau, official welcome & housekeeping

Taonga puoro – Horomona Horo

10.30am Registration Board Presentation

11.00am Morning Tea

11.30am Professor Felicity Baker Head of Music Therapy & Director of International Research Partnerships for the Creative Arts & Music Therapy Research Unit University of Melbourne, Australia. Music therapy intervention in an international clinical trial designed to support family carers of people living with dementia.

12.15pm Lunch

1.15pm – 1.55pm Rani Allan RMTh Lower Hutt, NZ. A Pilot Project looking at the Effects of Group Community Music Therapy in Supporting the Relationship between Family Carers & People Living with Dementia.

(Parallel sessions)

1.15pm – 1.55pm Erica Weerekoon Private Practice Counsellor, Hamilton – Therapist Self Care for Cumulative Grief - how to remain well in the face of recurrent illness and death in our client group.


2.00pm - 2.30pm Interactive Music Making

2.30 pm Afternoon Tea

3.00pm –3.40pm Devin Brooks RMTh Christchurch & Penny Warren RMTh Wellington Creating A Foundation: Building our community of MTs in an environment that has experienced trauma.

(Parallel sessions)

3.00pm –3.40pm Emeritus Professor Sue Middleton Faculty of Education University of Waikato, Hamilton. Volunteer-led interactive music groups in dementia care.


3.45pm – 4.25pm Shari Storie RMTh Auckland A 10-week group music therapy pilot project at a Dementia Day Centre.

4.30pm – 5.15pm Associate Professor Sarah Hoskyns NZSM Music Therapy Programme Director Victoria University, Wellington. Unpeeling an orange: reflections from travel abroad on developing culturally safe music therapy practice in older persons’ care.

(Parallel sessions)

4.30pm – 5.00pm Hazel Barrett graduated student Wellington. Are community music therapy principles relevant to my work with groups of older adults?

Meet 6pm for 6.30pm Dinner

Dinner at Babaganush: 379-381 Grey Street, Hamilton East.

N.B. this is not included in your registration fee, but please register for dinner on the symposium registration website page.

Day Two: Sunday 18th August

8.15am MThNZ Council Meeting

9.00am MThNZ AGM 2019 (a non-election year). This is an opportunity to hear from & interact with the Council in person.

10.30am Morning tea


11.00am -11.40am Shari Storie RMTh, Auckland. Finding safe, appropriate, meaningful ways of supporting people living with dementia through music & music therapy experiences over the past 10 years working in various settings.


(Parallel sessions)

11.00am -11.40am Nolan Hodgson RMTh, Waikato. Telling it ‘Like it is’: Music therapy within paediatric palliative care at Hospice Waikato.


11.45am –12.25pm Jamie MacDonald RMTh, Invercargill. The ways music therapy can be utilised in aged care to create positive relationships between staff & residents with dementia.

(Parallel sessions)

11.45am - 12.05pm Alvaro Saura Moreno graduating music therapy student Barcelona, Spain. Songwriting with elderly people in a day centre.

12.05pm-12.25pm Alicia Stewart graduated student & beginning practitioner Auckland. An Action Research project: using music therapy to support people with dementia through loss & grief.

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm - 2.25pm Interactive Forum: Presenters: Clare Murray Independent Director, Arts Advocate and Trust Chair, Christchurch, Kimberley Jones RMTh, Christchurch & Linda Webb MNZM, MThNZ President & interim Chair, Auckland. Establishing The Canterbrainers Trust.

(Parallel sessions)

1.30pm - 2.05pm Russell Scoones RMTh, Auckland. Paul’s journey as early onset of dementia changes his life as a musician.

2.05pm-2.30pm Registration Board - Follow up session

2.30pm – 3.10pm Alison Talmage RMTh, Auckland, & Dr Lisa Williams Research Fellow Nursing: Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, University of Auckland. Maureen Sings: Living Well with Dementia

3.15pm Music making together & wrap-up

3.45pm Close of Symposium