Welcome! We provide Music Therapy services in Brisbane or via Telehealth. Please submit an enquiry by clicking here.
Music Therapy can support you or your loved one on their journey towards improved health, wellbeing or functionality. It's suitable for people with a range of needs from birth to end stage life. Sarah works from a strengths-based approach to support those who are neurodivergent. Are you looking for a music therapist in Brisbane or online but not sure how it might help?
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Music Therapy Funding
Music Therapy is an allied health profession. Despite not currently being covered by medicare, there are several organisations who do fund sessions, including the NDIS. Please scroll down to see 2023-2024 Pricing Arrangement and Price Limits information for the NDIS.
For further in-depth information on how to navigate the NDIS to access music therapy, please visit our FAQ page and scroll to the NDIS section.
Sarah is now fully equipped to provide music therapy via Telehealth. This was beneficial for existing and new clients during the pandemic so an ongoing online music therapy service has now been established. Clients accessing this service reside all over Australia and overseas.
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2023-2024 NDIS UPDATE:
Here are the general details you need to know related to claiming music therapy through the NIDS:
SUPPORT CATEGORY: Capacity Building: Improved Daily Living: Therapy Supports
SUPPORT ITEM NAME: Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Music Therapist
SUPPORT ITEM NUMBER: 15_615_0128_1_3
This is current as per the 2023-2024 NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits pp92
If you think you, your child or loved one would benefit from Music Therapy and you'd like to use NDIS funding, you will need to demonstrate that music therapy is reasonable and necessary for supporting this person in achieving their NDIS goals.
Our profession has experienced mis-information issues (i.e. participants being advised music therapy is not funded). This is incorrect. If you have been advised music therapy is not funded by the NDIS, please visit out FAQ page and scroll to the bottom section.
If you'd like more information about music therapy and the NDIS, please complete the contact form and we'll be in touch.
BLOG POST: CORTICAL VISION IMPAIRMENT (CVI)
This is Luka, one of my gorgeous little clients. His mum Heidi invited me to contribute to a blog post sharing hers and my experience of music therapy with her son. Luka has Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) and adores music! He is very clever and 'in tune' with his auditory environment; and he learned to say his first word in context through music therapy (see clip above). Read Heidi and my firsthand account of Luka's music therapy and learn more about CVI here:
"Music Therapy: Luka and Sarah's story - By Heidi Zec & Sarah Punch"
We get a lot of enquiries about funding opportunities for music therapy so will continue to research options for those who need it most. What we would advise you to do if you require funding is to be proactive and persistent. There are many wonderful organisations who are willing to help you engage in therapies that will make a difference for your child/loved one, but it may take some effort to find these and then complete the application process.
As mentioned above, the NDIS does fund music therapy for those who qualify for it. If music therapy is helping you, your child or loved one achieve their therapeutic goals, make sure you have evidence to support its inclusion in your plan (i.e. support letter).
The Robert Connor Dawes Foundation provide in-home music therapy to people aged 0-25 with brain cancer via their Music Matters Grants program.
Clients residing in aged care facilities are often able to access music therapy through their funding packages, so it is worth asking exploring this if you have a loved one in care.
If your child/loved one is palliative, there are government organisations that will support music therapy (i.e. VPPCP).
For those on the autism spectrum, FaHCSIA/HCWA funding can be used for music therapy provided your RMT is linked in with another of your therapists (i.e. OT, SLP or Psych). Please note: MTW is not registered for this.
We'll update you as we learn more!