Diversional Therapy Australia News

Published Thursday, 6 December 2018
Conference 2018
This year’s annual DRTA Conference was held in Melbourne at the beautiful Caulfield Racecourse. Melbourne put on wonderful weather and all that could be seen out the windows was beautiful blue skies across the racetrack.
We had a range of speakers and international guests sharing their knowledge with us all. There really was something for everyone.

Lots of awards were given out and here are all the finalists and winners…

Professional Development Award
PD Awards are awarded to those members who have been committed to professional development and have earnt 100 professional development points over a 2 year period. A huge congratulations goes to this year’s PD award recipients:
• Natalie White
• Felicity Bain-Smith
• Justine Brunner
• Julie Thomson
• Jade Gilchrist

Best Poster
We have 3 poster entries this year and the winner was:
Leah Sullivan. Congratulations Leah and a huge thank you to Graeme Pope of Aged Care Music Resources for sponsoring the award.

Best Presenter
The Best Presenter for day 1 went to Stewart Alford.

The Award for Excellence
The Award for Excellence is to recognise a DRTA member who has exhibited excellence in Diversional and Recreational Practice, contributed to the well-being of the individual and the organisation/facility/community environment and also encouraging personal professional development.

The award for excellence finalist are:
• Vijay Pillay – Inter-Rest Home Indoor Bowls
• Margaret Bailes – Memories Program
• Shannon Azzopardi – Garrawarra Centre Multisensory Environment
• Felicity Bain-Smith – Tea Cup Community Garden Library
• Janine Warne – Inspire Creative Throught

And the 2018 DRTA Award for Excellence winner is Janine Warne. Congratulations to Janine and all the finalists.