Sue Tripney

Vice President Diversional Therapy Australia

Sue has worked within the profession for the past twenty three years.  After studying to qualify for a Bachelor of Social Science in Recreation and Tourism, Sue began working in an Aged Care Facility in Sydney where she worked for one year. After realising that long hours of commuting did not suit her lifestyle and leisure interests Sue took a brave leap and ventured to the small town of Gloucester to take a position as Coordinator of a NSW Health Community Day programme. Sue had a plan to stay for one year. However, Sue has enjoyed working in the same position for twenty two years.

Sue is not sure where the time has gone, although she believes that she has worked alongside a variety of amazing colleagues’ volunteers and clients. Sue has never felt bored with her work. Sue truly believes that we are one of the lucky professions, where the client outcomes and improvement in a person’s quality of life are gratitude enough. However the heartfelt thanks of our clients, residents or patients and their Carers along with the opportunity for variety of experience within the Diversional therapy role has given her the inspiration and motivation to continue to strive for positive client outcomes.

Since Sue’s initial Bachelor of Social Science Recreation and Tourism, she has completed a Bachelor of Health Science, Gerontology where she was awarded the University Prize, a Diploma of Diversional Therapy through Redleaf College and more recently completed the necessary modules that granted her the equivalent of Bachelor of Health Science, Leisure and Health.  Although it may seem as though Sue took “the long way round” in finally becoming a full level one member of DTA, it has been a great journey and Sue believes that her studies have served her well. Sue has recently completed her Certificate Three and Four in Fitness, which has offered an exciting change in scope within her programmes.  Sue also recently graduated from a NSW Health Clinical Leadership programme and looks forward to utilising these skills within her workplace as well as in her role as Vice President 1.

Outside of work Sue has many interests, but her passion is mountain bike riding and hiking. Sue spends weekends riding in the bush, all over New South Wales and further afield whenever she gets the opportunity. 

Sue has enthusiasm and passion for Diversional Therapy practice and looks forward to assisting Diversional Therapy Australia in continuing to develop and grow as a profession. Sue is grateful for this opportunity and she hopes that she can make a valuable contribution within her new challenging and exciting role as Vice President 1.