Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for March 2016

Hello Members,

Here we are already looking at March! The year seems to be flying past and from what you tell me, we are all very busy. Your Board have also not wasted any time and are busy in projects, both long and short term.

The study tour of Japan is fully planned and organised. This is an amazing opportunity to develop strong and lasting ties with DT workers in Japan, and also to share and learn another culture. Imagine the extent of resources you could bring back to your own facility after this exchange, not to mention developing close friendships with fellow DT’s.

The International Liaison group have been working

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Skills and knowledge essential for your professional development in a 1 day DTA special workshop
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy with Dr Kathy Peri, University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, assisted by Stephania Bejma, DTA National Education Coordinator

Northern Sydney Education & Conference Centre
In the grounds of Macquarie Hospital
Building 14 - The Drive
Wicks Road, North Ryde

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph

Our workshop year got off with an amazing start with our Access to Leisure workshop at Royal Rehab on Friday 5th of February- see the review below.


On the 18th of March our very popular Brisbane workshop is being held- if you live in Queensland (or would just like to visit the Sunshine state) book in now as numbers are filling up fast for what is always an educational and great networking experience. Facilitated by Queensland board member Glenda Kubler the Australian Quality Aged Care agency will be there to ask questions on your accreditation experience and expectations, Australian Hearing will bring along the newest innovations in assisted hearing. Alzheimer’s Australia presenter will look at those behaviours related to sundowning as well as

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18th March QLD- Brisbane 

8th April SA- Adelaide                                   

13th May NSW- Orange

3rd June VIC- Shepparton 

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2016 National Diversional Therapy Australia Conference

“Navigating an Inspired Future”


Conference Dates: 7th & 8th October 2016 (with preconference workshop day on day prior)

Venue: Mecure Sydney (near Central Station)

Stay tuned for more information soon.

Please see the links below for Call for papers and DTA Award for Excellence.

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DTA Pin Badges

I am a DTA Member AND proud of it!!

 Order your DTA pin on membership badge by printing out the merchandise page on the website under resources, or just email/call the office with your order.

 Members - Buy one to show pride in your profession AND to support DTA – we can make a few dollars from each one sold to support our work!


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The Diversional Therapy Association of Japan has for many years been asking DTA to organise another tour to Japan.


Takako comes each year to our Conference and for the last couple of Conferences has brought Students of Diversional Therapy in Japan to learn about our practices here.


It is with much pleasure we have been able to arrange a tour.


Members were invited to give an

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Since the start of 2016 I’ve had pretty significant successes contacting international organisations similar to Diversional Therapy Australia, with the aim of forging working relationships and embarking on possible collaborations with organisations around the world.

Firstly I was able to make contact with the President of the National Association of Activity Professionals, (NAAP), in the US.  Her name is Alisa Tagg and she lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The following is what Alisa does in her working life:I began my career in the activity field over 25 years ago working as an

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Last year at our Gold Coast Conference several delegates met to discuss the opportunities that exist for Diversional Therapists to enter private practice. There was a great deal of enthusiasm. With much consideration the Board has decided that the best way for this group to move forward is via a forum on our website page. Please take a moment to navigate your way to the forum tabs and have a look at what members are saying, maybe post something or reply to a post.

This is a place where members interested in become private practitioners can liaise, collaborate and share ideas. It is not within the Associations scope or capacity to guide interested members through the process of becoming a private practitioner; however the forum will enable like-minded members to come together and help each other.

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A colony of robotic seal pups are growing in Auckland at the Selwyn Heights Village, Hillsborough. Click on the link below to read more, see the pictures and the video link.



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