Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for December 2016

Dear Members,

I will keep this month’s piece brief as we have a jam packed edition of newsletter due to all the AGM information. I would just like to thank Louise Absalom for all her hard work as president of the association and I look forward to filling her big shoes! I also would like to thank those Board members that are outgoing and for all their work and dedication to the association and welcome on board the new members.  You will see their profiles in the newsletter over the next few months so that

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Meet the DTA Board

QLD Board Representative - David Mas

David is an educator at TAFE Gold Coast, QLD teaching numerous units for qualifications including Cert IV Leisure and Health, Cert IV Allied Health Assistant and Cert III Individual Support.


He has extensive experience working in aged care for NSW Health as the diversional therapy manager responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating person-centred diversional therapy activities for clients with dementia, Huntington’s Disease, psycho-geriatric conditions and spinal-cord injuries and managing a diversional therapy team.

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National Workshop Program, News and Updates with Steph

With one more workshop to go this year, 2016 has been exciting and successful for DTA.

The Perth Workshop coming up on the 3rd December may already have passed on receiving this newsletter however spread the word that a workshop is coming to a place near you- all you need to do is encourage and motivate a group of DT’s in your area and contact me to get things started.

Check out the Proposed2017 workshop list on line and pencil in a workshop near you or choose another destination you would like to visit and plan a holiday around your professional development. (Check out the related tax deductions that may make a holiday to your


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The DTA office will be closed on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Tuesday 10th January 2017

Best wishes for a lovely Christmas and New Year holiday period!

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Good evening everyone.

I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months and to share with you some of the key highlights.

Several years ago, the Board made the decision to create an Executive Officer role, specifically designed to support strategic growth and development.  This role has taken DTA into a new realm, with a focus on strategic and business planning. This planning has been the basis of everything the Board and DTA office have undertaken. As a result, DTA has been able to offer some new

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This report is in relation to the 2015 - 2016 financial year. The financial accounts are still draft figures until our accountant completes the final version. A copy of the final figures will be available to any financial member on request, when completed. Just contact the office.

As confirmed by our accountants, Diversional Therapy Australia is not a reporting entity

and it is not necessary to audit our accounts every year – thus savings approximately $2,000 annually.


The Board and staff of DTA have extended the professional profile of our association and services provided to members while managing to keep expenditure within a very tight budget.

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As you may be aware my role is shared between Office Manager and Executive Officer now. Diana has reported on the office activities – this report will focus on EO actions and initiatives from the last 12 months.

The challenges and opportunities of operating a national Professional Body in 2016 are very different to how it was when DTA, as a national professional body was first conceived, by the then Diversional Therapy Association of Australia National Council (1976 – 2009) - the birthplace of DTA.


An important step for DTA was to create and maintain a Strategic Plan – to identify the actions that were needed to be achieved in the medium term (over the next 3 years) to keep

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Here we are again at the AGM and another office report!

As always, many things have been happening since we last reported.

We have been very pleased to welcome Jodie Nunes who has recently joined us in the office for a few hours a week to help with the admin load. She will be continuing to help next year as well. For the last month we have also had Thareniy, a student from Western Sydney University on placement with us. Some of you may have met her at the conference, where she proved a great help at the registration desk and any other of the many tasks that needed to be done!

One of the tasks that Jodie has been helping with is getting everyone logged into the website. There are still quite a number of members who have not registered for the

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In 2016, 14 workshops were held (the Perth Workshop is scheduled for the 3rd December). An additional workshop on CST Training with Dr Kathy Peri was also held in April.

2016 saw workshops averaging 28 attendees (with some workshops going ahead with as low as 9). Conference workshop had 35 attendees this year with this number working well with the space and quality of the workshop. We also produced the 3rd edition of the Takeaway Café Booklet of Activities.

 The Brisbane workshop had the highest number at a workshops this year with

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Network Groups AGM/ Christmas Parties

Brisbane Group knows how to see the Diversional Therapy year out.

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