Diversional Therapy Australia News


Hi Members,

As I write this, I have just returned home from another successful conference. To say I am feeling invigorated and inspired would be an understatement. The 2 days were full of presenters sharing their knowledge, passion and program ideas. A huge thank you goes to our keynote speakers – Brian Lipmann and Helena Popovic for starting the days sharing their incredible journeys. This was my first conference as president, and standing up on stage looking out at all the conference delegates was an amazing sight. I saw a room full of people passionate and committed to diversional therapy, and also committed to education and increasing their knowledge, not just for their own professional development, but to enrich the lives of the people they work with.

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DRTA Conference 2017
DRTA Conference 2017 was great experience for all involved. The conference began with the Thursday Workshop “Activities, Activities, Activities” and a full face to face board meeting kept the DRTA board busy- a fruitful but exhausting day for the DRTA voluntary board.

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Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia (DRTA) to be held on Tuesday 21st November 2017

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The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards were developed to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision. Throughout Australia, implementation of the NSQHS Standards (first edition) has contributed to improvements in patient safety, and generated widespread engagement and support amongst health service organisations.

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Recently I attended the DRTA National Conference in Brisbane.  It was a fantastic conference at a wonderful venue, the Royal on the Park Hotel.  As part of my role as the International Liaison Projects Team leader, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow DT’s from other countries.

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FUNDING OF UP TO $8,000 FOR HEALTH SECTOR WOMEN AVAILABLE

Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved earlier in the year, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s health sector. 

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Hello Members!

I cannot believe we have hit November. Please see all the exciting articles and pictures from our wonderful conference this year. 

Also, see our other important event for the year AGM and all the relevant information you need to know.

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Welcome to the second edition of the Collectors Edition. Thank you to all those that have submitted something to produce a great product once again. Please take time to read some wonderful members articles, what your Association has being up to both at home and abroad and also some great links to some interesting sites and articles. Also make sure you read through the renewal forms and also check out the upcoming conference information.

Thanks also to Scott, Kylie, Margie and Diana that also make the life of a Newsletter Editor so much easier with their constant support and help.

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This edition sees the end of an era of print editions of the DTA newsletter as we embrace the era of technology and electronic newsletters but it is also the start of something new. Each year in June a DTA Connections Collector’s Edition will be published in hard copy and sent to all members. I will be seeking articles that are knowledge and evidence-based, innovative, stories of success in the field, new job roles or stories of special interest to our members. I invite you all to submit articles all year round. I will start compiling the Collector’s Edition by May each year and it will contain a selection from your articles and news items from the year that have appeared in our monthly DTA Connections eNewsletter which will appear monthly as ever! Please read it and offer your feedback.

The first Collector’s Edition has lots of membership information - renewals, conference registration, showcasing the Trade Directory, a shortened version of the association’s history and you will recognise a few regular spots too. I hope you enjoy it and continue to submit and support our Connections into the future.

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