Diversional Therapy Australia News

Entries for October 2014


Hello Members,

I hope you enjoyed the bumper previous DTA Connections edition. The 2014 Conference was a fantastic time of friendship, networking, growth and development. Thank you to all the contributors and especially to the hard working office staff and newsletter volunteers for putting together the last edition under time constraints. 

Planning is already underway for the 2015 DTA Conference to be held on the Gold Coast. I would encourage all of you to also begin planning your own calendars so you have the opportunity to meet with your fellow Diversional Therapists. I know you will be uplifted, enlightened and excited!

As I write, I am spending a few days with my Mum in Southern NSW. She lives in a small coastal town, Sussex Inlet, 3 hours south of Sydney. It has been great to have a few days with her, and has reminded me of the need to stop, relax and to take the time to reassess what is important in our busy lives. 

I would like to pass this message on to all of you

 

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Workshop - Shepparton, Victoria

Friday October 17th saw Diversional Therapists, Diversional Therapy assistants, Recreational Officers and Leisure and Lifestyle students from far and wide gather at Shepparton for a great day of learning, networking and the sharing of information. Delegates travelled from Swan Hill, Albury, Melbourne and of course the Goulburn Valley to the beautiful surrounds of The Connections functions rooms at Kids Town. The relaxed beautiful surrounds set the scene for a great day. 


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National Workshop Programme News and Updates with Steph

Hello everyone. 
While this year’s workshops are almost done (we still have the Perth workshop on the 15th of November –see you there- and the Sydney workshop on the 18th of November – the day of the AGM- see further information below), I am busily looking forward to next year and looking at an incredible array of metro and rural areas to run our workshops.


My aim is to get as many people along as possible to enjoy the learning and interact and network with other people in this field. I have published below the list of probable workshops but am always happy to discuss hosting a workshop near you. The beauty of requesting and supporting a workshop through your networking groups is that we can work together to provide the exact information that your group wants to learn about. So have a discussion at your end of year Networking meetings and propose me a date and let’s see if we can bring a DTA workshop to you in 2015!

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When: Tuesday 18th November 2014 Sydney

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

  • Brain Gym- movement-based programs to improve brain function and to empower all ages to reclaim the joy of living
  • Parkinson’s Disease–a comprehensive and practical presentation to assist those with Parkinson’s
  • Grief and Loss - addressing issues for you and your participants
  • Alzheimer’s Australia-leading and latest education on dementia based activities
  • Men’s Sheds-looking at the needs of men in regards to leisure and social interactions
  • Activity Modifications-subtle changes to activities to address all your client needs

 

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For SA Representative Voting

 - all SA Full Members have been sent a voting package in the mail. 


To vote for your preferred candidate – you must either attend in person or send in your Proxy by mail, email or fax to reach the office by 5:30 the day BEFORE the AGM.

Full details were sent in your voting package. If you need any assistance call the office 02 9887 5035 or email Diana@diversionaltherapy.org.au

 

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This month we get to read about the wonderful achievements the board has produced throughout 2014, the ongoing outcomes of Steph’s hard work putting together workshops and a good list of books that we could be reading or planning to read over the Christmas break that is fast approaching.


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When: Saturday 15th November 2014 Perth 

 

Where: Little Sisters of the Poor 2 Rawlins St, Glendalough, WA

It will include a variety of informative and interactive education sessions including;

  • Meaningful Engagement for those with dementia - Alzheimer’s WA
  • Yoga for Seniors and those with a Disability
  • Grief and Loss and how to Generate Positive Outcomes
  • Impact of Dialysis and other continuing treatment programs on Lifestyle and Leisure
  • Music and Leisure
  • Plus More…

 

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Just a few more notes from Adelaide Conference
Feedback fact check!

When asked whether they would prefer a cocktail party or a dinner at conference, 61% said cocktail party preferred at conference

When asked if there was sufficient networking at the conference 95% said Yes!

Some of the feedback from evaluations:

"This was a fantastic conference. All speakers were great. I just loved the last session, a great way to finish the conference WELL DONE! ☺"

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Your DTA and achievements so far…

The national body, DTA, was formed in 2010 after each state closed their incorporated bodies. If you would like to be a part of making things happen there are a number of DTA portfolios that would love to have your expertise and input. 

Contact the DTA Board Secretary via the office if you are interested in joining a Portfolio or being a Representative on the Board.

DTA Achievements 2013 and 2014;
• Appointment of Katrina Vuori as National Network Groups Coordinator
• Stephania Bejma as National Education Coordinator has delivered many workshops in each state 
• DTA Award for Excellence for Australian members (Dec 2013)
• Linkedin DTA group up and running
• From the website you can download a Diversional Therapy Powerpoint and value add to it eg add photos or your own    stories to deliver in-house training for staff, volunteers and family at your facilities.(reviewed in 2013)

 

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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

1st May VIC- Regional-Bairnsdale

16th May WA- Perth

22nd May- Vic-Melbourne

29th May NSW – Regional -Orange

2nd June QLD-Regional- Far North Queensland

26th June SA- Regional-Port Augusta

17th July VIC- Melbourne

7th August TAS- Launceston

24th August VIC– Regional - Hamilton

4th September-ACT-Canberra

18th September VIC– Regional - Shepparton

(October -National Conference workshop- Gold Coast)

7th November WA- Perth

17th November NSW-Sydney/ North Ryde (on day of the AGM)

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