MATCH receives funding support from Google

In breaking news, today Google announced its 15 funding recipients of the “AI for the Global Goals” initiative, including MATCH – Music and Technology for Dementia Care led by Prof. Felicity Baker.
MATCH has been awarded $2M (US$1.3M). This funding combined with the team’s $2M from Australia’s Medical Research Future Fund will enable Prof. Baker to accelerate its development, working ever-closer towards enabling people with dementia to access the benefits of music for care regardless of geographical location or economic status.
The following summary of MATCH is posted on the “AI for the Global Goals” initiative:
“A common challenge for patients with dementia is agitation when emotional and physical needs go unmet. Combining the therapeutic benefits of music with wearable sensors and AI, MATCH (Music Attuned Technology – Care via eHealth) is an adaptive, music-based tool that aims to decrease agitation and reduce medical costs. This grant will support development of the sensor technology and AI-enabled music adaptive system as well as a pilot study in Australia to prepare the project to scale globally.”

MIND at the Australian Music Therapy Association Conference 2021

We were excited to have a strong presence again at the 2021 AMTA National Conference.


Spotlight Panel: Voices of South East Asian Music Therapy

Music Therapy in Thailand: Integrating Western training into practice in Thailand

Napak Pakdeesatitwara


Panel: This is Australia… Music therapy down under… during & beyond Covid-19. A panel discussion on articles published within the special edition of the Australian Journal of Music Therapy

Moderators: Allison Fuller & Jennifer Bibb

Presenters: Jeanette Tamplin, Vannie Ip-Winfield, Roxanne McLeod & Lorna Berry


Paper: From Therapeutic Factors to Mechanisms of Change in Music Therapy: Report on Findings and Discussion from a Scoping Review

Felicity Baker, Becky Zarate & Martina de Witte


Paper: Examining the effect of FES+iPad-based music therapy on post stroke upper limb function and wellbeing outcomes: A mixed-methods randomised controlled trial

Tanya Silveira


Paper: Learning from stroke survivors during a global pandemic: The potential of applying our own research to our own lives

Tanya Silveira


Paper: Integrating Neuroscience Knowledge to Support Music Interventions with Neurologically Fragile Children

Janeen Bower


Paper: A Conceptual Framework for Patient Prioritisation in an Acute Healthcare Service

Janeen Bower


Paper: The Song Collective: Development of a new online music-based community program integrating music, social media and digital platforms to support the wellbeing and social

connectedness of older adults living at home

Phoebe Stretton-Smith & Libby Flynn


Paper: The thread of connection: Experiences of shared musical activities for people living with dementia and the family members who care for them

Kate McMahon


Paper: Still ReminiSing – Songs of resilience from a community-based, therapeutic choir for

people living with dementia and their supporters, as we navigated singing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Zara Thompson


Paper: Evolving role of music interventions in residential aged care with people living with

dementia and depression: Results from the Australian cohort of the Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in Elderly care (MIDDEL) International cluster-randomised controlled trial

Young-Eun Claire Lee, Felicity Baker & Phoebe Stretton-Smith

Music Therapist of the Year

We’re proud to share that MIND member Tanya Marie Silveira was celebrated as Music Therapist of the Year in the 2020-2021 Australian Allied Health Awards. Tanya was recognised for her PhD research examining how accessible music making can simultaneously impact the hand function and wellbeing of stroke survivors. Congratulations Tanya!

$2m funding received for MATCH

Our team has received $2 million in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund to support our project Music Attuned Technology – Care via eHealth (MATCH).

MATCH aims to develop and deliver a new consumer-centred music program for use with people living with dementia in the community, in residential aged care, and those transitioning from home to residential aged care. To find out more about MATCH, visit the MATCH website.

MIND at the Australian Music Therapy Association Conference 2020

We are excited to have a strong presence at this year’s AMTA National Conference.

Tanya Silveira is the Conference Convenor, and we are contributing the following presentations:

  • Paper: Reflections on adapting and creating in online music therapy spaces during COVID19 – perspectives from two music therapists and NDIS participants in an online music therapy group
    Zara Thompson & Lauren Khalil-Salib
  • Paper: Responsive research design: A collaborative reflection on listening to and learning from people with lived experience of dementia, their families and supporters
    Phoebe Stretton-Smith, Zara Thompson & Kate McMahon 
  • Roundtable: Keeping people connected during a pandemic: Music therapy research and practice goes online
    Professor Felicity Baker, Dr Jeanette Tamplin, Dr Imogen Clark, Dr Libby Flynn, Kate Teggelove, Zara Thompson, Hayley Miller & Kate McMahon

    • Paper 1: Music Therapy Telehealth practices in Australia
    • Paper 2: Redesigning the Homeside family carer training to be delivered online
    • Paper 3: Therapeutic Choirs in the virtual world
  • Panel: Advocating for systemic change: diverse perspectives on the NEED for music therapy in neurorehabilitation
    Tanya Marie Silveira (Moderator), Dr Jeanette Tamplin, Marissa Mellick, Steven Giannakopoulos, Dr Anuka Parapuram & Anna Barlow