Judith Brian 2012 - 2015

DTA Board, Vic Representative

Judith is from Woodford, 10klm north of Warrnambool, Victoria. She was employed at Lyndoch Living for 19 years. Coming originally from Heywood, a small country town and returning to Warrnambool after study and other life events, Judith understands the needs of rural and remote communities and her experience can translate across the country to other states.

Initially, Judith gained employment at Heidelberg Day Hospital for aged care as an OT assistant and during that time completed the Allied Health Assistants course at Mayfield in Malvern. Since then she worked at Lyndoch Living aged care facility in the Day Centre and in the Rehabilitation Centre nearby. During that time she completed Cert IV Community Services (Lifestyle & Leisure) and continued working in the Day Centre.

In 2006 Judith went to Japan with the DT Study Tour and this experience was a pinnacle in her career, supported by a travel scholarship from her work place. In 2007 Judith became Day Centre Co-ordinator until given an opportunity in 2009 to co-ordinate a Well 4 Life projectacross 3 sites in Lyndoch and a day centre. As that project closed another opportunity arose, that of Volunteer co -ordinator.

Judith says that she thoroughly enjoys being associated with DTA and all it encompasses - the board, the many people met at conferences, the friends from the trip to Japan. Education obtained from workshops and conferences has been so beneficial and is often streets ahead of other professions. The ethos of the profession has been a continued inspiration for her. Judith says she would like to give a little back and hopefully help to move the profession forward for up and coming colleagues, students and future of Diversional Therapy.

Judith’s interests outside work include swimming, gym, Pilates, bike riding to keep the body hanging together, water colour painting, knitting attending to her garden and as much travel as she can fit in. She volunteers as a community driver with M Power and drives a mini bus for a childrens’ program with the Baptist church and mentors a student from the Warrnambool state school through the “Kids Hope “ program doing....activities.