Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for December 2017

Hi members,

It’s hard to believe that December is already upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. I’m sure that Christmas planning is in full swing, so I will keep this month’s report short and sweet.

The AGM was held last month. With changes happening to the board it brings a touch as sadness, but also excitement for the new members and the coming year. It’s with a heave heart we say goodbye to Lindl Webster, Rosslyn Price, David Mas and Barbara Davis, as they step down from the board. It has been a pleasure to work with all of them and they did a wonderful job of representing the DRTA. I wish them all the best for their future adventures. I would like to welcome

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From the Office
Congratulations and a fond farewell!
Margie Kennard, DRTA Exec Officer and Office Manager is retiring after 7 years working with DRTA (originally DTA!). She is looking forward to spending more time with

Office Christmas Closure
DRTA office will close at 4:30pm Thursday 21st Dec and reopen Tuesday 16th Jan 2018.

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National Workshop Program, News and Updates with Steph
Wow already December! Where did the year get to! In the last newsletter for the year there is so much to talk about. See Workshop Write Ups below about the Hamilton workshop, Sydney Workshop and the Brisbane Conference workshop as well as the link to preregister for a DRTA training workshop near you next year.

Workshop Write Up
Our Hamilton Workshop in late August saw a great group of people getting together to share their activity experiences and ideas. Thank you to all that assisted in making that day such a great success- see some of the lovely photos taken on the day below -Marlene Lee who is presently studying her Chair Chi Certificate was able to demonstrate some moves we can use

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The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 21st November. 

If you were unable to attend the meeting, the following reports are available :

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Sr Joan McNamara 1936 - 2017
To all who knew Sr Joan

My very dear friend Sr. Joan passed away on the 31st Oct 2017.
She will be remembered by many of the older DT's and maybe some of the younger ones.
She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
I had only been talking to her the night before and we were reminiscing of our many conferences that we had attended together and how we had not been able to

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Katja Jefferys has kindly forwarded a weblink for this month which is quite interesting and could be useful in your work with clients.

Arts on Prescription uses participatory arts programs, alongside traditional health care, to help older people improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Creating art has a

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Authors: Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, PhD, Karen Hirshfeld, MA, CTRS, Rachel Gavendo, BA, CTRS, Erin Corey, BA, CTRS, Tasmia Hai, MEd



Therapeutic recreation (TR) activities benefit the affect and 

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Australia Day
26 January 2018

Organisation: National Australia Day Council 
Australia Day is a day to celebrate the past, present and future of the country. It is a commemoration of the day that the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, as well as a celebration of all the achievements of our country. At its core Australia Day is

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In November I had the absolute pleasure in being able to talk to Anne Richard in the US via Skype. Anne, who lives and works in New York, is the Executive Director of the NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification).

Among other things, after I filled her in on the fantastic DRTA Conference that we just held in Brisbane, she said she would love to come out to our next conference in 2018 on the Gold Coast. At this stage it looks like this will become a certainty. She also hopes to bring out

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Well 2017 has being an interesting year we have shared as a community celebration and loss. We have involved ourselves in the many opportunities to learn with our peers through workshops and conferences. We are evolving as an association and moving forward with the times and that also means change just like the leaves on a tree in Autumn we watch them go from green to brown and fall before new growth is born and the tree comes back to life richer than before full of life and hope as we progress down our professional journey paths. So too does newsletter. 

I have done this role for many years even prior to becoming

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