Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for March 2016

I met Marion Grinstead who is a Diversional Therapist at the Nazareth Rest Home in Wanganui, on the North Island of NZ, at the Diversional Therapy Society of New Zealand National Conference in Auckland last year.  Since then we have done a combined Christmas concert using Skype, where both the choirs at our work places, mine being Barunga Homes in South Australia and Marion’s being the Nazareth Rest Home in Wanganui, performed a variety of old favourite Christmas carols together.  It was a wonderful day and we are looking forward to doing another concert together later in the year.

Below is Marion’s story.

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Hello from New Zealand!

Hello, my name is Orquidea Tamayo Mortera. People call me Orchid (which is what my name translates in English) I was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. I have a BD on International Relations & Human Rights, around other 10 different Certifications but my passion has always been Aged Care and People with disabilities. I have worked for NPO overseas in Canada, USA, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, etc. I speak Spanish & English fluently but I am also able to communicate in basic French, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese. I arrived in New Zealand 10 years ago and I decided to change my career for a job where I could really make a difference on people’s lives.

I became a Diversional Therapist in New Zealand and I have worked for many organizations for the last 10 years. I am currently working as a Diversional Therapist for The Selwyn Foundation in Selwyn Village which is located in Pt. Chevalier, Auckland in New Zealand. I am the DT Leader and I have a beautiful team of

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The simple idea of connecting local high school students with aged care residents is serving to fight the generation gap while sending a powerful message to the aged care industry at the same time.


The trial of a unique intergenerational initiative based on connecting local high school students with the elderly residents of Cooranbong’s Adventist Senior Living run Avondale Lifestyle Community Residential Aged Care facilities has given both student and elderly participants alike the opportunity to develop new bonds and perceptions with outstanding results. Not least of which has been a surprise win of a highly contested national award for the program.

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Free TR Seminar being held at Western Sydney University – Campbelltown Campus, NSW

Managing Challenging Behaviours in Health and Extended Care Settings.

Please click on attachment below for the full details.

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National Close the Gap Day (NCTGD) is on Thursday 17 March, a national day of action that brings together more than 200,000 Australians from all walks of life

https://www.oxfam.org.au/2016/02/volunteer-spotlight-jenny-gillett-from-close-the-gap-perth/ this is a link to a story on NCTGD from Perth

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Seniors Week 2016 subsidies, have you applied? 

Get in quick as you now have 37 days to apply for a Seniors Week subsidy of up to $1000. 

Seniors Week provides the opportunity to unite all Queenslanders to celebrate the valuable contributions seniors make in their communities.  Whether as volunteers or in the workforce, seniors utilise their experience and knowledge as community leaders, carers, grandparents and advocates.

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Alzheimer’s Association of Western Australia  provides a wide range of dementia specialist education for families, aged and health care professionals and the general public.   To view the current schedule of training and workshops for Jan - Jun 2016 go to:


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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

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Child Representational Therapy in Dementia care

The use of doll therapy as an intervention with adults in aged care who live with dementia has positive aspects and negative aspects. This is mainly because it is seen by families and carers as a juvenile activity. However there are many aspects that are positive- and if implemented correctly can improve the quality of life of a resident who may have 2nd or latter stage dementia. A Booklet put out by the Dementia Behaviour Management advisory service DBMAS Victoria is a

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In 2015 the National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative supported hundreds of women in achieving their goals of personal and professional development, leadership and management. The Hon. Julia Gillard praised the initiative for its important role in enabling the advancement of women into higher levels of leadership at the Australian Awards for Excellence in Women's Leadership in Sydney. The initiative has also helped with gender diversity across all industry sectors in the areas of leadership and management from aspiring leaders to senior managers to directors and CEO's.

Yet still more needs to be done. Despite reports that indicate gender parity progress could increase global GDP by up to $12 trillion by 2025, female representation on Australian company boards has

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