Natalie has been a Registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association since 1999, having graduated from the University of Queensland with a graduate qualification in music therapy, and prior to that, a degree in music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. While working with various populations as a new graduate and completing a Diploma of Business, Natalie reflected on her experience with supervision as a student, and became interested in deepening her knowledge in the area. She began training with Michael Carroll and Margaret Morrell. Natalie travelled abroad and lived in Canada for several years, becoming an Accredited Music Therapist and Accredited Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Music Therapists. While there, she began working in mental health, and discovered her passion for this area of clinical work, especially in the area of forensic mental health, working with offenders.
Natalie has presented widely at Australian and international conferences, been a guest lecturer at universities in both Australia and Canada, and served in various positions with both the Australian and Canadian music therapy associations. Natalie is currently a member of the Australian Music Therapy Association’s ethics committee and supervision working group. She graduated with a Masters in Mental Health Science in 2015 and retains a strong academic interest in forensic mental health, while operating a business that offers clinical supervision and professional development opportunities for health and helping professionals. Natalie also works with the Australian Music Therapy Association in policy development and project management. Natalie is currently completing a counselling qualification and is looking forward to expanding her clinical practice. Natalie is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the ACSA management committee, and is excited to be involved in the association’s growth over the coming years.