Dr Emma O’Brien OAM
Music Therapy Fellow
Dr Emma O’Brien OAM is an internationally renowned innovator in the role of music in wellbeing; specializing in facilitating the creation of original songs with individuals and communities. She is a singer, performer, music therapist, composer, researcher and entrepreneur.
Emma is the founder (1998) and ongoing lead of the music therapy service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). Emma was named in The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 provocative, passionate and powerful people of 2012. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for her service to community health through music therapy programs. Emma has been mentoring the Music in Health program at COBLH since its inception and continues in this role as Music Therapy Fellow.
Most recently her RMH Music Therapy Program won two significant awards. The 2018 Melbourne Award – Community Award – In Harmony with Health – 20 years of music therapy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the 2018 Victorian Public Health Care Award- Safer Care Victoria Compassionate Care Award.