Diversional Therapy Australia News


Hi Members,

Winter has arrived and I hope everyone is staying warm. This weather always makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a good book or movie. What is everybody’s favourite winter activity?

As it is now July (and I am left to ponder where the last 6 months went...), it’s the start of a new financial year and time to renew your membership. With recent updates to the website, allowing you to do it all online, renewing is easier than ever. There is the added option of paying for 1 or 2 years and updating all your details online. Just fill in the PD points summary, scan and email to Diana in the office and you are all done. Remember to keep the evidence of your PD points. In case your name is selected at random for the audit.

Conference planning is in full swing and is shaping up to be a

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The Best of Friends:  Joan Gill and May Sherlock

Working in Aged Care at the Barunga Village Nursing Home in Pt Broughton South Australia as the Lifestyle coordinator, I’m always on the lookout for ways I can use and interact with the International Contacts I have made for DRTA. 

Recently I set up a penfriend for one of our residents a Mrs Joan Gill, with a lovely lady by the name of May Sherlock who lives in Northern Ireland in the town of Termonfekin in county Louth.  She is a resident at the Sunhill Nursing Home.  Since the middle of last year the 2 ladies have been writing to each other regularly and shortly before Christmas 2016, I set up a Skype session for them to

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National Workshop Program, News and Updates with Steph

Our Cognitive Stimulation Therapy training is now in full swing with the proposed workshops up on the website. Check out the list at http://diversionaltherapy.org.au/Event-Calendar for the workshop that works best for you. We are limiting numbers so register early and as members you get the first opportunity to attend and learn this evidence based practice that benefits  not only our residents and clients with mild to moderate dementia but looks at the benefits for everyone of staying cognitively and socially active. You can also continue to register your interest by going through the DRTA website, clicking on the CST Training tab and completing your details. 

If you have several DT’s, Leisure and Lifestyle staff, RAOs or assistants across your facility or facilities that may like to learn this therapy and its implementation to people with Mild to Moderate dementia then we also have facility rates available for up to 18 people at each training. While the training is based on diversional therapy principles staff from other departments of your facility may benefit from

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Member Article: Snakes on a Bus! (And lizards)

Residents from Deakin Unit at Arcare North Lakes bordered the bus for a trip to see some “animals”. The residents were asked what they thought about reptiles. Some residents said they were ok and others said they are not for me! 

Once on the bus we headed to Deception Bay to Leeann’s (staff) house. Here we were welcomed by her daughter, grandson and a friend. Kyra brought out the first visitor, a bearded dragon. She gave us a little explanation about the lizard and what it likes to eat. Residents were invited to

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Submitted by Kim Bromley

Easy fundraising idea, if you live in the Sydney / Wollongong area I have just completed a “Loftus Pie Drive fundraiser” all you need is to ring and book a delivery date. Hand out order forms which the company will design and email you, collect your orders and money. Ring your order through a week prior then they are delivered to your workplace. Making a $3 profit on every family pie or cake sold , very popular for winter. Pies come individually wrapped you just need to bag and have

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NACA AGED CARE REFORM MONTHLY UPDATE

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Who inspires you to be more than you think you can be? 

The 2017 Inaugural National Allied Health Inspiration Award is to be awarded to an allied health professional who has demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following areas:

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The Summit, facilitated by Assoc Prof Greg Philipps, aims to strengthen the quality of Aboriginal health education and curricula in Victorian universities.  We wish to see that Aboriginal health, and working with Aboriginal clients and communities, is taught well to all students studying in health (medical, nursing, allied health) courses in Victorian universities.  All health graduates entering the workforce should be well equipped to work in culturally responsive ways with Aboriginal clients and their communities.  

Many of allied health courses do not yet have such teaching standards set and have a long way to go and we are hoping that you (or a staff member) will attend and

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The annual D+R National Conference is the major National Conference for Recreation, Lifestyle, Allied Health, Nursing Professionals & Managers working in residential, community, home or other healthcare settings. 

Conference attendance qualifies for

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Hi Members, 
National Newsletter Editor’s Winter Competition
With the cold of winter setting in we now get our creative thinking caps on in regards to our programs if we cannot get our clients out as much so between now and the 15th August 2017 I will challenge you to come up with the best winter activity and submit it to be in the running for a mystery winter prize. All submissions must be in by 3pm on the 15th August via the office and attention to Newsletter Editor. Goodluck!

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