Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for April 2016

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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Creating moments of Joy by Jolene Brackey

One of the most frustrating tasks for activity staff is to really engage clients with dementia.

Here are some of the issues whether it in a residential home or community centre.
What do you do with a client who constantly says, “I want to go home!”, “Who are you?”, “Where are my children?”

Other typical issues -the client will not

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Title: Group-based delivery of interventions in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: a scoping review

Authors: Patterson, F; Fleming, J and Doig,E.

Journal: Disability and  Rehabilitation, March, 2016.



Whilst there are potential advantages of group-based interventions in rehabilitation, facilitation of groups for patients following traumatic brain injury (TBI) has challenges due to the complexity of impairments experienced. This paper aims to review the literature concerning therapy groups within TBI rehabilitation.

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Australian War Memorial

History information, planning your ANZAC service, search for family armed services records, activities and resources:


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A music learning experience with free content which teaches one to read music, great for individuals who might want to brush up on old music skills. 

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Anzac Day 25th April Activities Top Ten

1. Make Anzac biscuits
2. Make damper, heat and add " cocky joy" golden syrup
3. Have a demonstration of two up, look and reminiscence of the "pennies" and the "kip"
4. Make poppies there are many templates online
5. Visit the DVA web site it has a

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DV-alert is free, nationally accredited Domestic Violence Response training that provides community frontline workers with the skills to recognise and respond to signs of domestic and family violence, and then refer clients to relevant services. DV-alert is provided by Lifeline Australia, and is funded by the Department of Social Services.

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St George/ Sutherland Network

If you are living or working in the area please feel free to come and join our network group. Our next meeting to be held Wednesday 6pm at Bexley RSL , 4th May... Hope to see you there, for any further enquiries please contact Kim on kimby_79@msn.com.

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This month we see out March and hopefully if you believe you had a visit from the Easter Bunny and got some chocolate goodies. This month we celebrate our veterans and Kim Bromley has given some ideas in the Top Ten suggestions.

Those members that are preparing to go to Japan will be getting excited to pack their bags for their May trip and we look forward to seeing some member articles from their trip on their return. Don’t forget we like to see Members articles in the newsletter as it provides an opportunity to earn PD points but also allow a chance to share our knowledge between us all. So I would really like to strongly urge you to

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