Music and Imagery Association of Australia


MIAA Conference

2024 MIAA Conference - May 4-5

1 Day Workshop - May 3

MIAA is delighted to present to you the 2024 MIAA Conference, “Transform. Create. Evolve.” featuring keynote speaker, Dr Margareta Wärja. The conference will be held at the Treacy Centre on the 4th and 5th May with an additional 1-day workshop on Friday, 3rd May.

Tickets to the Conference can be purchased through Eventbrite and the full Conference Program can be viewed here

The 1 day workshopKMR Short Music Journeys – Receptive Music Therapy for Working with Trauma  will be held on Friday May 3, 10am-5pm, the brochure can be viewed here.

Ticket to the workshop can be purchased through the same link as the conference through Eventbrite.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Margareta Wärja (Sweden)
PhD, FAMI, Registered GIM therapist and Trainer by EAMI.

Margareta is a music and expressive arts therapist, licensed psychotherapist in private practice and Director of Expressive Arts Stockholm. She combines music imagery work with various arts-based modalities in trauma work and personal development. Her specialization is focused on sexual, spiritual, and existential health. Margareta has developed a GIM modification called KMR-Brief Music Journeys which was implemented and evaluated in a mixed methods research study in adult cancer rehabilitation.

Public Lecture – Wednesday May 1

As part of her visit to Melbourne, Margareta will also be offering a public lecture held at The DAX Centre and online via Zoom on the 1st of May, 5:30pm (for 6pm start). Drinks and nibbles at 5:30pm.

This lecture will:

  • Introduce a theoretical and methodological frame for working with the arts in psychotherapy in the face of life-threatening illness.
  • Present a clinical mixed methods study in Sweden using arts-based psychotherapy for women treated for gynaecological cancer.
  • Invite the audience to a listening experience through music, imagery, and reflection.
  • Welcoming drinks and nibbles at 5:30pm-6pm

For tickets and more information about the public lecture, please visit our Eventbrite page.