Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for November 2016

Hello Members,

Did you go to the DTA conference! If you did, I am sure, like so many people I have spoken to, you also found it inspiring and informing. The keynote speakers, Michael Venuzuala , Dr Gary Cheung and Dr Kathy Peri were perfect for the DT environment.

I came away from the conference with two key thoughts. Firstly, how very proud I am to be part of such a welcoming and embracing organisation. Secondly, I firmly believe the DT role and DTA sit on the brink of change. At last year’s conference we heard about

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Once again DTA AGM s conveniently located at the Northern Sydney Education Centre in the grounds of Macquarie Hospital, Sydney NSW on Tuesday, November 22nd

Can’t get to Sydney? No problem! Send Diana an email to let her know that you would like to attend the AGM by phone conference… we need to have the correct email for you – and she will send you the phone conference login info…login to the call from a landline at 6:30pm. So easy! diana@diversionaltherapy.org.au

Attend the Sydney Workshop during the day and the AGM at night and

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Due to high interest levels, Skills Training Australia (STA) will be running classroom based classes in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane commencing in December 2016. STA are offering a very exciting opportunity for enrolling students to apply for a full scholarship - limited to 1 per State. The scholarship is to undertake the CHC53415 Diploma of Leisure & Health.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants are required to submit a 1,000 word summary outlining what is driving them to advance their career in

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph

Since our last Newsletter DTA have had a number of workshops Cairns, Port Macquarie, Warrnambool and the Gold Coast and of course our exciting conference workshop on the 6th of October. Our Activities, Activities, Activities workshop saw lots of people returning for a day of incredible practical experiences and an opportunity to network and connect and reconnect with people who know what your working day is really like.

Workshops Coming up

Our Sydney workshop on the 22nd of November is out now so if you are a member and want to attend the AGM why not sign up for the workshop as well. Our Perth Workshop is also

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In August DTA President, Louise Absalom and I had a skype meeting with Krista Hamel-Smith, General Manager of the Caribbean Kids and Family Therapy Organization (CKFTO) in Trinidad in the West Indies. Krista is happy to be a part of the DTA International Forum and be on our International Contacts list.

I also spoke to Antoinette Burgess, Karen Fox and Capri Smith, who all work and live in Bermuda. Antoinette is the Activities Coordinator at the Silvia Richardson Care Facility, Karen works as the Activities Coordinator at the Lafroy House Care Community and Capri works as the Activities Coordinator at The King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Bermuda’s largest hospital. Antoinette, Karen and Capri are happy to be on

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DTA 2016 Sydney Conference Papers, includes photos and Abstract Booklet available on USB Great value on Sale NOW! Only $29.90 Members ($49.90 non members)

Why not get last year’s papers too! DTA 2015 Gold Coast Conference Papers still available USB on Sale $25.90 Members ($29.90 non members)

DTA Takeaway CAFÉ (Creative Activities For Everyone) Activities Booklet Vol 3 from

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By Una Sandeman, Lifestyle Lead Anglicare Southern Qld Metro South Community


This is my personal experience with the introduction of My Aged Care and the Commonwealth Home Support Program.


The arrival of My Aged Care (MAC) and the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) in 2015 had everyone in the Aged Care industry waiting apprehensively for the 1st of July 2015 to arrive. This was going to be one of the biggest changes many in the industry would have seen since the introduction of HACC. It would also be the beginning of the changes to come over the next 4 years.


It was hard to know what to expect and having been in the industry for 26 years I decided that it is easier

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Review by Toni Salter, DTA member and President of Cultivate, the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW Inc.


Who’d have thought that watering your plants could help delay the onset of dementia!  A Japanese research study has shown that out of 5 different gardening tasks, watering your plants is the best thing that you can do.


Dementia prevention for the elderly is an urgent global problem to be solved. Gardening activities include various elements such as exercise, communication and use of cognitive function. The effects of gardening are experientially recognized as one of the

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TAFE Queensland will be presenting a full day face to face Workshop on Saturday 26th November 2016.

Chris Gauld, Leisure and Health Teacher and DTA Full Member

The local group for DTA and I are hoping to build a

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After three years of trial, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started its gradual roll out across Australia on 1 July 2016. By 2019, the NDIS will support about 460,000 Australians with disability. As health professionals, you play an important role in helping people move from the old system to the new, NDIS model which is an individualised approach that encourages participation and empowerment.

To raise awareness about the NDIS and ensure people with disability, their families and carers are ready for the change and opportunities the

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