From October4-8 Playgroup Queensland had four representatives attend the Early Childhood Australia Conference in Darwin, with Sing&Grow being put on display at the trade stands. With roughly 2000 delegates attending the ECA conference this year, this was great exposure for spreading the word about the great work the Sing&Grow and Playgroup Queensland do for communities across Australia.
On September 16-18 2016 many of the Sing&Grow team attended the 42nd Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference. This conference was a great opportunity to showcase the amazing work Sing&Grow Music Therapists are doing across the country, with four conference presentations being accepted by the Scientific Committee. The conference also saw the launch of the AMTA PR Campaign ‘RMTs Change Lives’. For more information about this public awareness campaign about what Music Therapy is, please visit http://www.rmtschangelives.com.au/
Yuki Wakamatsu, who will be facilitating her first Sing&Grow program in Term 2, is the 100th RMT to be trained as a Sing&Grow Music Therapist. This is a huge milestone for Sing&Grow and we welcome Yuki to the team.
Yuki is a Perth-based RMT, who completed the blended learning Master of Music Therapy course through the University of Melbourne at the end of 2014. During her training, she worked with children and their families in a number of different settings including community, hospital, and disability services. She is currently building her private practice, Music Therapy Now, as well as teaching piano, cello and music theory. Yuki is also busy planning for her wedding in August next year!
Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA has been assessed by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange as meeting the criteria for evidence-based programs that can be considered for implementation by Communities for Children Facilitating Partners. You can find some information here.
This follows on from the inclusion of Sing&Grow on the Nest What Works for Kids website, which has now been launched.
All programs on this website have been assessed by The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth as providing proven evidence of outcomes that enhance the health and well-being of children and youth. The What Works for Kids website, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, cascades down from the outcomes and priority directions outlined in The Nest action agenda and provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with easy access to evidence-based programs, practices and tools that support action to improve outcomes for children and youth.
Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA is very pleased to announce that they were successful in the recent Federal Department of Social Services tender process, becoming one of only five national programs to receive funding for the next five years, receiving a total of $4.5 million. This will contribute to ensuring that Sing&Grow music therapy services will be provided to vulnerable families with young children in every Australian state and territory.
With waiting lists for programs growing and continued funding limitations, Sing&Grow AUSTRALIA has launched a media campaign to appeal to funders and sponsors with a sense of social responsibility. The following article appeared in THE AGE (Melbourne) and aims to raise awareness of why Sing&Grow not only exists but also remains in high demand. For any enquiries regarding sponsorship and donation, please contact us.