Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for January 2015

The role of the Diversional Therapist is incredibly diverse, and duties and requests seem to escalate towards the end of the year. By now you are probably all back at work and wondering if you had a break at all! Coping with workplaces stressors, as well as the many other impacts on our lives, can be difficult.

The majority of DTA members are women; interestingly The Australian Psychology Society reported in National Psychology Week (November 2014) the results of their Stress and Wellbeing in Australia 2014 survey. The findings, for the first time, found that men have significantly higher levels of wellbeing than women. Perhaps our male members might enlighten us on how they have managed to turn the findings around!

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Conference Report 2015
So far we have achieved

• Location – Gold Coast QLD
• Date – 15th, 16th & 17th October 2015
• Theme – Wellness through Leisure

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Allies of good health care speak out

The proposed cuts to Medicare will make it harder for many chronically ill patients to get comprehensive care, which can benefit them and the health budget by reducing costly hospital stays.

National allied health profession leaders have expressed their concern about the potential impact of the Government’s Medicare measures on many 

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Board BIO – Tasmanian Representative

Darren Robinson

My name is Darren Robinson, I am 47 years of age and I reside in Port Pirie, South Australia.   I’m currently employed as a Diversional Therapist at the Barunga Village Aged Care facility in Port Broughton, South Australia.

In 2010 I made the decision to head down that path when I undertook

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National Workshop Programme - News and Updates with Steph
Welcome back to the 2015 National Education Coordinator Workshop updates.
I hope you all had an enjoyable festive season and are well into planning your best year ever.

2015 looks to become a year of growth and innovation for DTA and the 2015 Workshop Schedule is calling on all members to not only attend, but participate and get what you want and need from the Education and professional development arm of your association.

Responding to demand we have put together a calendar of workshops that

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6th February NSW-Sydney – Access to Leisure- Disability Focus
27th February SA- Regional -Mt Gambier
13th March QLD- Brisbane
27th March TAS- Hobart
17th April NSW –Regional -Coffs Harbour

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Social & Therapeutic Horticulture for Professionals & Volunteers 
4th, 5th & 6th February 2015 

Course content includes: 
The therapeutic benefits of gardens and gardening activities 
Designing to create suitable & supportive environments 

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Developing Excellent Care for people living with Dementia

Author: Caroline Baker



This book is directed at all carers-nurses, managers, general staff and activity coordinators in aged care for dementia residents. The author is in the process of training all staff in Dementia care units in the UK in the 4 Seasons Health Care  their 250 special dementia units. They have developed the PEARL program (Positively Enriching and Enhancing Residents Lives). The main theory behind this program is

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Members Article - Bobbing for Apples Game
Bobbing for Apples Game
Submitted By Alex Carr

Based on the old “fishing game, clients “fish” apples from the floor using magnetic fishing rod. Each apple is marked on the back with “Action”; “Question” or “Rotten Apple, Pick again”. Once an apple is picked the facilitator asks the participant to undertake a task in relation to the apple they picked. I.E. if a participant picked

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Damper is the bush-bread of Australia. Drovers baked Damper in camp ovens buried in the hot ashes of their camp fires in the Outback, but if you don’t want to build a camp fire in your backyard, damper can also be baked in a normal kitchen oven. 

You will need:

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