Right note: Seeking professional status
Music therapists are campaigning alongside other creative arts therapists – drama, art, dance and movement therapists – to be included in the Allied Healthcare Professionals Act of 2005.
“It’s about getting parity of pay with other healthcare professionals such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and to be recognised by the HSE as a health professional,” explains Jane Edwards, head of the Masters in Music Therapy programme at University of Limerick.
“In the UK, music therapists have been recognised as health professionals since 1990. Such professional recognition is also important for clients because it means music therapists have protection of title and no one can claim to be a music therapist without the correct qualifications,” she adds.
The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists is holding a series of event to celebrate its 25th anniversary and to campaign for statutory recognition for therapists working in educational and health sector in Ireland. See iacat.ie or contact Rebecca O’Connor on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 087-9575641 for more details.
Extract from an article entitled 'In tune with the power of music to heal' written by Sylvia Thompson from the Irish Times Newspaper, 1st of November 2011.