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WCH music therapists work with babies, children, young people and their families alongside their health journey to support emotional health and wellbeing, and improve coping with stress related to hospitalisation.

The WCH Music Therapy service is a newly established service available to women, babies, children, young people and their families/carers under the care of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Services are provided by Registered Music Therapists (RMT), who are qualified professionals trained in the use of planned music interventions to meet individual goals relating to health, wellbeing and functioning.

At WCH, music therapists provide support in the areas of:

  • Mental health/emotional wellbeing
  • Procedure-related stress
  • Adjustment to illness
  • Developmental care
  • Quality of life care
  • Parent/caregiver-baby bonding

Music therapy provides a broad range of services tailored to support the needs of each child/young person and their family. Music therapy services may involve one or a combination of interventions to promote health and wellbeing outcomes:

  • Instrumental play and joint music making
  • Improvised musical experiences
  • Guided music listening and lyric discussion
  • Composition and songwriting
  • Create music playlists
  • Infant-directed singing
  • Music or song recording
  • Learn about functions of music and everyday wellbeing
  • Access in-hospital music resources

Who can access the service?

The Music Therapy Service may be available for WCH patients and consumers in the following areas:

Paediatric Medicine Division

  • Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Rose Ward
  • Michael Rice Centre – Ward and Clinic
  • Adolescent Ward
  • Medical Short Stay Ward (MSSW)
  • Cassia Ward
  • Medical Day Unit

Surgical Services

  • Campbell Ward
  • Newland Ward
  • Kate Hill Ward

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

  • Mallee Ward

Women’s and Babies Division

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Special Care Baby Unit

How to access this service

If you would like to access the service for you or your child, please ask a clinical staff member (nurse, doctor or allied health professional) who can write a referral to the Music Therapy team.


Paediatric Allied Health
Ground Floor, Good Friday Building, Zone C


Music Therapy team

Maybelle Swaney, Registered Music Therapist
Music Therapy Clinical Lead/Team Leader

Phone: (08) 8161 7381

Mailing address

Music Therapy
Paediatric Allied Health
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006