Diversional Therapy Australia News


Hi Members,

I know it’s hard to believe, but it is renewal time again. It’s time to add up all your PD points and pay your membership fees. If you are having any difficulty, please contact Diana and Jodie in the office. They are always happy to help.

The newsletter is a little late this month – I am sorry. We have been hard at work putting together the conference program. While we still only have a draft and changes may happen, I have attached a list of some the exciting presentations we will have for you. Our Keynote for Day 1 is DRTA’s very own Renee Smith. Renee will share her journey of the many different roles she has had, all leading to her current positon as consultant for Dementia Support Australia. Day 2 Keynote is Dr Cindy Jones, an Associate Professor of Behavioural Sciences

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Imagine you are driving home from work after a long day and it’s nearly Christmas. Going up a hill your car starts to just miss a beat, then it starts to back fire, the brakes are squealing as you brake for the traffic lights. You are surrounding by people rushing home for Christmas and your car won’t start. Burnout is a road hazard in life and common in the community services industry. Burnout is feeling like you are under constant stress, you feel helpless, disillusioned, exhausted, loss of empathy towards others and feeling incompetent in the workplace. 

You may feel stressed at different times of the year and stress can cause burnout however stress and burnout are different. Stress is having many pressures and demands on you physically and mentally. If you are stressed you may use self-talk, if I can finish this then I will be fine, if I get through my list then it will all be better. Burnout is about feeling empty, mentally exhausted and 

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Hi Members,

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the year. The leaves have changed colours, the cold weather has set in, Winter has arrived. My favourite winter activity is putting the heater on, getting cosy on the couch and reading a book or watching a movie. June means it is almost time to renew your membership and making sure you have all your professional development points. Diana and Jodie have been busy in the office getting everything ready for renewals. 

The board have been hard at work on lots of different projects. The conference planning is coming along well. We have extended the deadline to submit 

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Adventures with Darren Robinson

Life at the Barunga Homes Aged care facility in Port Broughton, at least for 2 of the residents, 89-year-old Ruth Hayes and 96 year old Vida Lodge won’t quite be the same from now on.  They recently had the thrill of their lives when Barunga Homes House Leader, Darren Robinson, took them for a ride around Port Broughton on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle.  The two ladies had the times of their lives and Darren says you couldn’t get the smiles off their faces, they had such a wonderful time.
 
The ride came about when Ruth was telling Darren how when she was 

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Since the last report, I had a lovely surprise, hearing from an OT, (Occupational Therapist), in County Galway in Ireland.  

She is the new OT at the Clarenbridge Nursing Home and wanted to make contact regarding one of my residents being a penfriend for one of her residents there in Ireland.
There is a good chance that my Barunga Village Choir will be performing a concert to them soon and the residents in question, beside sending each other letters, hopefully will be able to meet up on Skype. 

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Membership – pay your renewal before 30th June to beat the price increase! It is very easy to do – log onto the website – go to “my membership” and your invoice will be under “my subscriptions” (not my invoices!). You can choose to pay monthly, six monthly, annually or bi-annually. You can also pay by bank transfer but please – PUT YOUR NAME IN THE DESCRIPTION – ESPECIALLY IF PAID BY YOUR FACILITY! It is very difficult to find out who has paid their membership if we do not have an adequate description as there are many amounts that are the same. If we cannot determine who the membership is for, we cannot mark the membership as paid.

Once you have paid your membership, you

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We have quite a few different calls ready for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal. Please see attached. Contact Marcia Jean Carter, Re.D., CPRP, CTRS with any questions.
 
Attached:
 
Special Issue: Mental Health in Therapeutic Recreation
Deadline: September 1, 2019 (manuscripts due)
 
Call for Editors
Submit nomination by August 1, 2019

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What a year 2018 has been- so many Workshops from one end of the country to the other. With Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Training happening around the country including Melbourne, Adelaide, Toowoomba, Cairns and Hobart- the word is getting out about the benefits of this therapy for people with mild to moderate Dementia. Register your interest in attending a workshop near you in 2019 through the DRTA website.

DRTA Workshops keep you up to date with the changes and the innovations that are happening in the Leisure and Lifestyle “industry”. Our one-day workshops open to members and non-members help to enhance your programs and provide you with professional development information on the newest ideas and industry best practices in line with consumer, service and government expectations. Attending these workshops can provide the professional 

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Workshop Report- June 2018
Our one-day workshops open to members and non-members help to enhance your programs and provide you with professional development...

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For our WA Members...

Dementia Foundation Spark of Life will be holding a free presentation 'Igniting the spark of life in People with Dementia' on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

Please see the attached documents for more details and registration form.


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