Welcome

Welcome to your Music Therapy placement at Monash Health. Please review the following information carefully prior to the commencement of your placement.

All Music Therapy placements at Monash Health are undertaken utilising an intensive framework, and include opportunities for observations across our network of clinical sites. The Music Therapy Service at Monash Health offers three opportunities for student clinical placements.

2nd placement/1st year students 4 weeks/fulltime/
20 days total
November/
December
3rd placement/2nd year students 5 weeks/fulltime/
25 days total
June/
July
3rd placement/2nd year students 7 weeks/4 days per week/
28 days total
January/
February

Your Student Coordinator

Jaye Thompson MTStudentCoord@monashhealth.org

Please note that you will be allocated a Clinical Supervisor approximately six weeks before the commencement of your placement. You will be notified of this information via email from the Music Therapy Student Coordinator. This Clinical Supervisor is your first point of contact during your clinical placement. If you have any concerns and are unable to contact your Clinical Supervisor, please contact Jaye Thompson, Music Therapy Student Coordinator.

Contact with Clinical Agencies

You will be contacted by the Music Therapy Student Coordinator with details of your placement allocation and orientation requirements no later than six weeks prior to the commencement of your clinical placement at Monash Health. Please contact your Clinical Supervisor at your allocated site TWO WEEKS PRIOR to your placement commencement date.

Clinical Placement Hours

Clinical placement hours are usually from 8.30am – 4.30pm but this will be determined by your Clinical Supervisor.

Unplanned Absence

You are required to phone and speak to your Clinical Supervisor, or specified clinical contact, before your scheduled start time if you are too ill to attend the clinical placement. You will be required to provide a medical certificate for all absences resulting from illness. The University will be notified of the absence.

Uniform

Please abide by the professional dress code. Your student ID badge music be visible at all times.

Music Therapy Programs Available for Clinical Placements

Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton

The Music Therapy Department provides a five-day a week clinical service within paediatrics at Monash Children′s Hospital Clayton. This is primarily an inpatient based service. The RMTs provide services across a range of clinical areas including; The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, The Children′s Cancer Centre, Monash Newborns, Paediatric Intensive Care, Adolescent Health, Paediatric Medicine, Paediatric Surgery, Paediatric Neurosurgery, and Respiratory & Renal.

The department has a close working relationship with the interdisciplinary paediatric allied health team and there are many opportunities for collaborative sessions to occur. Should you have a particular interest in specialising in a particular area, please let the Music Therapy Student Coordinator know prior to you commencing. Your interest area will be considered but cannot always be provided.

Kingston Centre

The Music Therapy Service at the Kingston Centre is part of the Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services (RACS) at Monash Health. The RMTs provide services to a range of clinical areas located at the Kingston Centre, including sub-acute inpatient neuro-rehabilitation, inpatient movement disorders and aged sub-acute rehabilitation and assessment.
The RMTs at the Kingston Centre work within the interdisciplinary model of care to address a diverse range of functional, cognitive and psychological goals. There are many opportunities for collaborative group or individual patient sessions to occur with other allied health team members. Should you have a particular interest in specialising in a particular area, please let the Music Therapy Student Coordinator know prior to commencing. Your interest area will be considered but cannot always be provided due to the allocation of patient referrals and supervisor’s load.

McCulloch House

The Music Therapy Department provides a part-time service at McCulloch House which is located at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton. McCulloch House is an in-patient, specialist supportive and palliative care unit and is part of the Specialty Medicine, Cancer and Critical Care Program at Monash Health. The unit has 16 beds and operates as an acute facility with relatively short patient stays, specialising in symptom control, complex pain management, end of life care, and bereavement support.

The RMT at McCulloch House works collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team to provide services that support the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Music Therapy works closely with Social Work and Pastoral Care Services to support aspects of the Bereavement Support Program and there may be opportunities for students to assist with this while undertaking their placement.

Suggested preparation for clinical placements

Monash Health requires incoming students to complete a number of training modules before commencing clinical placements. Information regarding these modules will be provided to by the Music Therapy Student Coordinator six weeks before you placement commences. Additionally, you will be provided with information outlining suggested reading and required repertoire six weeks prior to your commencement date. Please undertake the required reading and learn the recommended song repertoire before you start clinical placement. Please also contact your allocated Clinical Supervisor two weeks prior to the commencement of your placement to receive any additional pre-placement preparation. Please ensure you are familiar with the Student Orientation Website prior to commencing placement.

Instruments such as guitars, keyboards and some percussion will be available for your use on placement and therefore you do not need to bring in your own instruments.

Observation placements

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer observation placements. However, we offer an annual information session in lieu of an observation placement. The Information Session is open to all members of the general public who are interested in applying for the course at the University of Melbourne. The day showcases the clinical work and research that is carried out within the Music Therapy Service at Monash Health across all of our sites and programs. Sessions are held around August* and we provide a Certificate of Attendance to support your university application.

*Please note this session will not run in 2019

Please contact Fiona Sham; fiona.sham@monashhealth.org for further information.

Work Experience

The music therapy service does not accept work experience students. Please contact the Victorian branch of the Australian Music Therapy Association for more information about work experience opportunities. vicbranch.enquiries@gmail.com