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Maz McGann

Maz McGann joined the Institute for Creative Health in January 2014.  She brings to the organisation extensive knowledge of arts and cultural development working from both a practical and strategic perspective.  Up until the end of 2014 Maz was the CEO for Creating Australia, a national peak body for the Community Arts and Cultural Development sector she has also managed Cultural Development Projects for local government in Victoria and South Australia including exhibitions, large scale festivals and events and training and development programs for artists.

Maz was the Chair of the Barossa Regional Galleries Association of South Australia from 2012 to 2014 and has served on the Boards of the Hewett Centre, the Barossa Arts and Convention Centre and she was the Chair of Women’s Health Goulburn North East from 2007 - 2009.

Dr Emma O’Brien (PhD RMT)

Dr Emma O’Brien OAM was appointed to the board in 2013. She has extensive experience in Creative Health projects as a music therapist, health manager, composer, researcher and an internationally renowned innovator in the role of music in wellbeing; specialising in acute health care. She has pioneered methods in guided facilitated songwriting across music genres and her work was the subject of the multi award winning SBS/f-reel documentary, ‘Opera Therapy’ (2005). Emma was awarded the Victorian Public Health Care Award in 2011 for her pioneering methods of songwriting in enabling person and family centered care in music therapy by giving patients a voic.  The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 provocative, passionate and powerful people of 2012. She was awarded her PhD at The University of Melbourne  December 2014 on the effect of her specialised method of guided songwriting on cancer patients’ quality of life, mood states, distress levels and satisfaction with hospital stay. She has published widely on her research and programs and has presented at national and international conferences. Emma was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for her contribution to the health wellbeing of the community through music therapy. She is the founder and Head of Music Therapy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.