What are RMTs?
Registered Music Therapists, or RMTs, are allied health professionals who are registered to practice music therapy by the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). RMTs use music-based therapy techniques informed by research and clinical practice to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a wide range of conditions and disabilities.
To be registered, RMTs must have completed a tertiary course in music therapy accredited by AMTA. They then maintain their skills through continuing professional development, as approved by AMTA. Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research, and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice.
Working in hospitals, schools and community settings, Australia’s 531 RMTs play a critical role in the healthcare system; changing the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable.
For people with conditions such as brain injuries, mental illness, neurological disorders and Autism, or for premature babies and those in palliative care, music therapy can improve cognitive functioning, social communication skills, motor skills, emotional development and overall quality of life.