Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for March 2017

Hi Members,

Well, here we find ourselves in March and there is a lot to report on this month, so many great initiatives in the works. It is shaping up to be a very exciting year ahead.

After lots of discussion, the board has decided to take the next step in moving the association forward. We are changing the name, and will now be known as Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia. Or DRTA. We want all our members and colleagues who work in the leisure and recreation field, identifying with either Diversional Therapy or Therapeutic Recreation to feel included and welcomed in the association. Over the coming weeks you will


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The workshop year is in full swing with our fourth annual Access to Leisure workshop in Sydney being held this last week.See the write up below. 

The Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Master Classes are soon to be rolled out Nationally following some further refinement and a visit by Dr Kathy Peri to NSW. If you have already expressed your interest in learning this innovative therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia then I have your name down to be contacted, if you are interested and have not contacted DTA then please go on line through the website, click on the

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The 1st DTA workshop on the waves was a smooth sailing success. Once on board we were able to experience mental health learning and development and living out our leisure needs at its best. We became part of a new community with no fixed address, all out there on the high seas.

As we boarded our new home for the next eight nights, we were met with inspirational messages such as, “No stress beyond this point” something every hard working DT loves to hear. As well as “Pacific Eden, like no place on earth.” The next nine days did live up to those words. It was a truly stress free environment to both learn in and live in. Once boarded we were

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Call for Papers for the DRTA Conference 2017

Since December 2016, I’ve had several contacts with international activity providers. On New Year’s Eve, I heard from Casey Narusawa from the Plaza Assisted Care Centre in Pearl City Hawaii. I hadn’t heard from her for quite a while so that was a very nice surprise. She invited the Barunga Village residents (Where I work) and I to be part of a skype concert put on by an entertainer there in Hawaii. All went well, everyone had a lovely day. The entertainer, ‘Hank the Singing Dutchman’ was very good. He did lots of good old songs including some very good Elvis numbers. We have another concert planned in early March with this time us here in South Australia providing the entertainers.



Between Christmas and New Year, I also heard from Raquel Castro, who is the Social Policy Senior Manager at EURORDIS, which is the’ European Organisation for Rare Diseases’. I had made contact with


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Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) a national not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation and Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) the recognised national peak body representing and advocating for the role of allied health professions in Australia will be hosting a Close the Gap event, featuring the signing of a Statement of Intent to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. 

We would like to invite to join us to witness this recommitment, please find your invitation attached.

Daniel Gray, DTA VIC Rep will represent DTA at the Close the Gap document signing in Federation Square, Melbourne on Friday March 17th being run by AHPA and IAHA.

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Network Group News

Mrs Jan Wilkins from Project Linus was presented with a plaque in thanking the organization for supplying tactile /fiddle lap quilts to our residents and clients in our facilities.  Project Linus is a volunteer  non profit  organization, its mission is to provide a sense of security,warmth and comfort to adults and children who are ill, traumatized or need comfort.

They supply tactile lap quilts to 

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Due to our workshop cruise this month newsletter is slightly later then usual but is full of important information. Stay tuned for next month with our usual pieces Journal Watch and Web Watch plus much more…

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