What is Diversional Therapy?

Diversional therapy is a client centred practice and recognises that leisure and recreational experiences are the right of all individuals.

Diversional therapy practitioners work with people of all ages and abilities to design and facilitate leisure and recreation programmes. Activities are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, spiritual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals.

The Diversional Therapist provides opportunities where individuals may choose to participate in leisure and recreation activities which promote self-esteem and personal fulfilment. The Diversional Therapist facilitates individual client choice, decision making and participation when developing and managing recreational programmes.

What Diversional Therapists Do

Work with clients of all ages in a range of health, community and leisure settings.

Employment areas and the scope of practice are continually expanding.

Employment opportunities exist in many environments including:

  • Rehabilitation & hospital units
  • Community Centres
  • Day and Respite services
  • Aged Care Residential Facilities
  • Ethnic Specific Services
  • Palliative Care Units and Outreach Programmes
  • Mental Health Services
  • Specialist Organisations
  • Private Practice
  • Consultancy
  • Management

Roles in the Diversional Therapy field are found within:

  • Disability services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Youth work
  • Local councils
  • Respite centres
  • Outdoor recreation and camps
  • Mental health
  • Hospital based
  • Holiday programmes
  • Health promotion
  • Correctional centres