Diversional Therapy Australia News

Entries for February 2016

To be awarded this Certificate at this stage of my life means a great deal to me and I am very very grateful to you (Margie) personally for your encouragement and advice, without which I would not have applied.

I feel privileged to be in a position to continue to support and empower clients living with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers using my skills and experience as a Diversional Therapist.

Qualifying for this Certificate is confirmation of my commitment to this work and also to the profession of Diversional Therapy. 

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Beth Sizemore, the Creative and Administration Support officer, and her residents and staff at Radius Fulton Care Centre in Dunedin New Zealand have been busy putting together another video.  This time it’s of the residents reciting the famous Christmas poem, ‘The Night Before Christmas’.

Beth and everyone at Radius Fulton would like to wish everyone here in Australia especially all DT’s and residents a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year. 

 Hope you enjoy the video.

To view their latest video, please go to:

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This month we have two for one in Lauretta’s book reviews -

Walking for health and Improving sleep

Authors: Harvard medical school special health reports

Walking for health

One of the best activities we can establish in a facility is a good walking program. The older a person gets the more important it is to retain the ability to walk or walk with an aid. This booklet covers many of the issues including exercises for

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Patients' Rights aims to develop your knowledge of the Australian healthcare system with a focus on the legal and ethical aspects of patient rights, including access, participation, respect, privacy, and safety. Explore aspects of patient rights and apply these to healthcare situations in a practical way, as healthcare professionals and providers, carers and consumers.

Patients' Rights is a fully online unit run by the University of Tasmania, designed to provide you with the skills to better navigate your interactions with the healthcare system.

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To fit in with summer and the Journal Watch for this month it was only fitting to provide the web link for The Disabled Surfers Association.

The Disabled Surfers Association was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke after a motorcycle accident which he lost his knee cap and under went extensive rehabilitation.

Gary saw a void that needed to be filled as over the years, many surfers with disabilities have unfortunately, been loners with no one to help them get back into the water.

Many suffer from disabilities that the general public would not consider a disability.

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Title: Benefits of Surfing for Children with Disabilities: A Pilot Study

Author: Cortney N. Armitano, Emily D. Clapham, Linda S. Lamont, Jennifer G. Audette

Journal: Palaestra, Vol 29, no 3 (2015)




The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an eight-week surfing intervention for 16 children with disabilities. The assessment procedure consisted of pre and post physical fitness measures to determine the benefits of this intervention.

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 This version of Google maps lets your residents explore different sections of the world’s oceans and coral reefs using only a mouse.

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Can you help the Ed?

I am looking for people to submit activity ideas based on celebrations, activities and palliative care each month in the 2016 enewsletter next year as Australia is such a multicultural country and I am sure there are many new students entering our field and also those that are already in it that would love some new ideas or information. If you can help please contact the National enewsletter Editor via the office email and Margie or Diana will pass your messages on.

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Welcome to 2016 and the newsletter has started off with lots of information already so please take the time to read through this newsletter as there is a competition, the announcement of new DTA pins and an introduction to another of our new Board members.

The weather has being extreme this summer season so remember to always have a plan B when programming and planning your DT activities and I hope you remain safe where ever you are in our diverse country.

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