ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY
MUSIC THERAPY is an evidence-based practice supporting people of all ages with a range of needs. This includes populations such as those with special needs, enduring hardship, or living with chronic health conditions, as well as anyone simply wishing to improve their general health and wellbeing. Music therapy is flexible and can happen in a range of contexts and settings such as individual, group or family therapy, in schools, hospitals or at home. Liz believes achieving health through music should be fun and tailors her sessions and techniques to individual needs and goals. Some of the music therapy techniques used to help work towards goals are: music & movement, music listening, music quizzes, instrument play, lyric analysis, songwriting and improvisation.
LIZ MACKNEY started to play the piano at seven years of age. Liz’s musical journey has evolved from a childhood passion that she has continued to develop over the years. Combine this music passion with 20 years nursing experience and a Masters in Music Therapy and Liz has the understanding, practical knowledge and experience that enables her to provide a unique, pathway to health. Combining Liz’s nursing and music therapy professions, and her specialised background in chronic disease management, has been a long held career goal and this was the focus of her thesis. Liz undertook this research through her position as a registered nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital, Lismore. Liz received a Lion’s Nursing Scholarship to support this study. The first link, “JOURNAL OF A MUSICAL NURSE”, is a professional reflection on Liz’s experiences in combining her professions. It offers an insight into Liz’s approach and perspective. This reflection was published on the NSW Nurses’ Association website in recent years.