Bethany Best

PhD candidate, NMT (Fellow), MMusThy, BMusSt (Hons), B.Arts

Bethany is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) and a passionate person with a desire to serve and empower people in their health and well being through music.

Bethany specialises in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and has 10 years experience providing therapy within private practice as well as in a sub-acute and acute acquired brain injury (ABI) rehabilitation hospital wards and centres across Brisbane.

Bethany has a variety of experiences and qualifications that include undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music research and Music Therapy. In addition Bethany has completed specialised training in Neuro-anatomy, Respiratory Rehabilitation Techniques and several music and non-music diagnostic and assessment tools. Bethany is excited to use her knowledge and skills to serve people of all ages and function in the best way possible.

Presentations & Publications

Best, B. (2019). Music- Benefits for you, your brain & much more. ABIOS Workshop, Buranda QLD, October 2019. Invited speaker.

Best, B., & Best, T. (2018). Nursing staff perceptions of music therapy within a neurorehabilitation ward: perceived impact on patient behavior, ward environment and patient care. Nursing Forum Journal – Under review.

Best, B. (2018). Music Therapy and Physiotherapy: A powerful pair. Physio Times, Invited contributor. Published in August 2018 edition. Retrieved from

Best, B. (2018). Music Therapy and Disability:  Queensland Music Therapy community education, Red Hill Special School, Brisbane,10th June.  Invited Speaker.

Best, B. (2016). What is music therapy. Guest presenter for 102.1 FM radio station, 20th March.

Best, B. (2016). Neurologic Music Therapy case studies and techniques. Video recordings. Neurologic music therapy fellowship academy, Brisbane, 20th November.

Best, B. (2015). ‘Music mini documentary’. Guest presenter for JAC radio, Bridget Wood, University of Queensland, 15th September.  

Best, B. (2015). Neurologic Music Therapy: Impact, techniques and application. Education workshop, Logan Hospital, Physiotherapy department, Brisbane.

Best, B. Cowles, J. (2013). Traumatic Brain Injury Case Study: Application of music therapy for achieving more than just health goals. Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference, Melbourne 14th – 15th September.

Best, B., Cowles, J., Gothard, E., Plumb, H. (2013). The piano man: multidisciplinary rehabilitation goal setting. Medical grand rounds, Prince Charles Hospital, 21st February.

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