Natalie Jack

Conference Convenor

Natalie is a music therapist of 20 years’ experience, having worked clinically in Australia and abroad, with a wide range of clinical populations. She currently operates a business providing clinical professional supervision, professional development and consultation to music therapists and other health and helping professionals and organisations. Read more at

Jacinta Calabro

AMTA Conference & PDS Chair

Jacinta has been a music therapist for over 20 years, having extensive experience working with babies, children and families. Jacinta runs a community-based private practice ( and is passionate about using music to enhance attachment and child development. She is the founder of Music Therapy Online (, an online professional development platform.

Rebecca Fairchild

Scientific Chair

Bec has worked with young people and families who have experienced trauma for nine years. Bec completed her doctoral research at The University of Melbourne (2018) which involved exploring children’s resources in the context of family violence and homelessness. Her research and practice is informed by principles of resilience, collaboration and social justice.

Megan Steven (nee Spragg)

PDS Chair

Megan is an RMT in both New Zealand and Australia. Megan specialises in working with young people with physical disabilities and complex health needs. She has worked in mainstream and special-education settings and currently runs her own business where she follows her passion for providing music-based resources to health professionals and building strong communities. Read more at

Daniel Tynan

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Dan is the senior music therapist at Nepean School, a school for students with physical disabilities in Seaford. He has worked in hospital, community and private settings during his career. He is also the keyboardist in Melbourne funk and afrobeat group Headphones Jones and sings with international touring choir Exaudi.

Amy Howden

Engagement Coordinator

Amy is an RMT and registered teacher, specialising in working with children and young people, with experience in hospital, hospice, school and community settings. She is currently working in private practice and undertaking a Masters of Music Therapy, researching the experiences of parents of premature infants accessing community music therapy groups after hospital admission.

  • Key Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Close Friday 19 July 2019, 11:59pm AEST
  • Super Early-bird Registration closes Friday 19 July 2019, 11:59pm AEST
  • Notification of Acceptance Friday 30 August 2019
  • Early Bird Registration 20 July 2019 – Friday 13 September 2019
  • Drum Power Workshops Wednesday 27 November & Thursday 28 November 2019
  • AMTA2019 Conference Friday 29 November 2019 & Saturday 30 November 2019
  • Professional Development Seminar Sunday 1 December 2019