Published Thursday, 2 August 2018
August has arrived and we are now in the home stretch towards the end of winter. Last month we asked you to complete a survey to assist in our further response to the Draft Aged Care Standards. Kim and I would like to thank all those who took the time to complete and return the surveys. Your input is valuable, and much need to ensure that our voice is heard.
The focus for this month is self-education and lifelong learning. Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. I fully believe that all learning should be life long, and we never really stop learning. The setting and type of education that may change as you move through the life stages. For it when you stop learning, you stop growing. All our growth and development comes from our education and our learning. Whether it be for personal interest or professional, learning is something we can all share to better the lives of those around us.
This leads perfectly to the conference. A new updated conference program is now available on the website, be sure to have a look. We have put together a range of speakers and presentations for all areas to hopefully have something for everyone. Conference is a great place to renew that thirst for knowledge. I always walk away from conference not only learning something new, but also wanting to learn more. There are still places available for to pre-conference workshop Activities, Activities, Activities. Visit the website to register, and don’t forget to log to receive your members discount.
We will also be holding our annual cocktail party after day 1 of the conference. Not only is this a great opportunity to network, catch up with old friends and meet new people. We will also be announcing the Professional Development Award recipients, and awarding the DRTA Award for Excellence. You still have time to submit for both awards. You need to have collected 100 professional development points over a 2 years period to be eligible for the PD award. For the award for excellence, if you have developed an innovative program or event, write it up and submit it. Guidelines are available on the website. You never know, you might just win!
This year will also be the first time we will be holding the AGM at conference. It will be held at the end of day 2. For those people who are unable to attend conference we are hoping to have teleconference available. We have some positions available on the board this year, treasurer, Qld, WA and Tas state reps. Please consider if you are able to join the board. If you would like to speak to someone about what the position would entail, please contact the office and they will put you in touch with the right person. Our board is made up of volunteers who generously give their time, and we rely on the support of members to take both Diversional Therapy and the association into the future. We are also always in need of people to help and assist with projects. Please contact the office if you can help out in anyway.