OBJECTIVE: The role of music therapy in psychiatric care in Australia is briefly traced from the early 1990s to the present. With the shift to community-based care, contemporary music therapy practice for the severely mentally ill is reappraised alongside the principles of the recovery model. CONCLUSIONS: Music therapy is a viable option within the creative arts therapies for enhancing quality of life in people with severe and enduring mental illness.
Australas Psychiatry. 2008 Dec;16(6):442-5. Grocke D, Bloch S, Castle D. National Music Therapy Research Unit, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org