Louise Absalom

President

I completed my Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure & Health) at Charles Sturt University in 2009. Whilst studying, I gained a position at the Port AugustaTafeSA Regional campus lecturingin Leisure & Health (Certificate 4 and Diploma levels).Since that time, I have also completed the Graduate Certificate in Adult and Vocational Learning through University of South Australia. I had been involved with DTASA, and for the last 3 years have been involved within the national body.

Professionally, I am committed to furthering a positive and educated awareness and understanding of Diversional Therapy Australia as the peak body representing the incredibly varied role we refer to as Diversional Therapist.

My passion and field of interest is within the aged care sector. My working role in aged care has changed from kitchen hand, to cleaner, to carer, to activity officer, to DT, to educator. As I reflect on these life changes, I am also aware of changes in my personal leisure choices and experiences. I have been involved in many hand crafts, from lace making, to various forms of embroidery, patchwork and smocking. A lifelong choice has been reading and gardening;and I really enjoy spending time with my children and their families.

I moved to Port Augusta 8 years ago, and married Roger. Roger grew up in, and has an incredible love, for the outback. This has been another new experience for me, as I have grown to appreciatethe changing environment of the desert landscape.