Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for April 2015

Hello all,

This month we acknowledge the Anzac Centenary. This is a significant commemoration and a time to honour and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform - past and present. For many DT’s this meaningful event forms part of their scheduled programming. An important legacy resulting from the Anzac Centenary national programme is the Spirit of Anzac Centenary experience - a National travelling exhibition which is free to attend. All the details are on the Anzac Centenary website http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/, I encourage you to visit this site; it is of value to each of us personally and also has the capacity to support your Anzac planning.

The DTA Board, Executive Officer, and Office continue to work on the Wellness through Leisure campaign. This month sees the launch of the DTA trade directory. A brilliant resource, this directory will quickly build to a one-stop-shop for all your DT resource needs. Take the time to check it out and please let the office know if there are areas you would like to see filled, or if you have a resource which could be included. 

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Go to www.diversionaltherapy.org.au explore the new developments!

 Improvements to the website underscore our efforts to promote the profession through this Campaign. See the latest updates and changes for yourself! We now have a Trade Directory Tab which is building into a one stop shop for members to find the right suppliers, fast!

Support our Trade partners who support DTA!

 Another Online Learning module is about to be added. Don’t forget to complete these basic modules – they will give you 1PD point each.


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DT Week 2015 is May 11th – 17th and it is almost here! Time to get those DTA Posters up on the wall – they are on the website in A3 and A4 sizes ready to download and print off.
If any members do not have access to a printer – Call for Help! Contact Diana at the office and request her to print you some up – we will just need $5 by Visa card to cover the expense of printing and posting out to you!

See the other resources there…. It is all on the web, members log in to access them

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Report to DTA Board- Margie Kennard EO
Highlights of March Board Management Meeting.

Mark Cormack, the Federal Chief Allied Health Officer attended the first hour of the meeting as AHPA’s invited guest. This is one of several positions he holds in the Department of Health including, Primary and Mental Health, Strategic Health Policy and acute care (including dental). 

Since October 2014 there have been many changes in the department. Mark’s role is one of the new appointments and the parliamentary Secretary now for Health is Martin Bowles. The newly completed Department Capability Review uncovered several areas that needed improvement. A lot of planning and policy is there but all separated by the way they are planned – often independent of each other. Also there is an agreed need to engage more with industry stakeholders. 

Primary Health Networks are an important new area – (they have changed from Medicare Local). We can basically expect bigger organisations over

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National Workshop Programme News and Updates with Steph

QLD Brisbane Workshop 13th March 2015

I think all 45 delegates would agree that the DTA workshop in Brisbane was a very productive and positive experience.
The workshop certainly provided attendees with skills and knowledge that would enhance their practice.
The full-day workshop included excellent and varied presentations including:
- The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency discussing accreditation information related to standard 3.
- Alzheimer’s Australia QLD Younger Onset Dementia Keyworker discussing the role of the National Younger Onset Keyworker Program.
- Promoting families and partnerships.
- The art of volunteering.
- The skills of networking.
- Activity ideas and inspiration for special events.
- New and creative activity ideas with the takeaway café.

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12th Biennial ANZALS Conference 
9 December - 11 December 2015 
Adelaide, South Australia 
Themed Session Call for Papers 
Is therapeutic recreation adding to peoples human rights, or taking away those rights? 

Chair: Nicole Peel (University of Western Sydney) 

Theme focus: Australia is at the bottom of an expanding market for the Therapeutic Recreation professional for many reasons. Firstly therapeutic recreation student numbers and undergraduates of Universities continue to increase. Secondly, Australia’s population continues to age. With these two simple changes are we


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Members Articles - Hamilton:  The Grange High Tea

On the 19th June 2014 Grange Residential Care held a Queens Birthday High Tea for the residents. We are a High care facility being part of Western District Health Services in Hamilton, Western Victoria. Around 28 residents joined us for the afternoon. 

Preparations started weeks before with the community helping out in different ways. The local Dramus Company in Hamilton provided costumes for the Queen to wear and one of the local junior schools were invited to draw castles and these were the decorations that were placed around the room. There were many varieties of castles and this provided much interest amongst the residents. This also provided the back drop for our High Tea. 

The day arrived with the activities room being turned into a

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Members Article: Barunga Village “In Concert” – an Anzac Day Special Event!

Barunga Village is an Aged Care facility in the small sea side town of Pt. Broughton some two hours north of Adelaide in South Australia.

As part of our regular activity program here, we have a choir made up of approx. 25 residents. We practice weekly on Tuesday mornings. After about 3 months of regular practice we put on a concert for the other residents in the home as well as other community members. In the past few years we have performed at the local RSL Club (for the Anzac Concert), as well as other aged care facilities in nearby towns and at Christmas time we perform as part of the Christmas festival held each year in the town.

The choir members are absolutely amazing. Each of our concerts is about

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  100th Anniversary of ANZAC 

Australia and New Zealand will come together spiritually in remembrance on April 25th 2015 when we celebrate the mateship and courage of the 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day. DTA and NZSDTINC hold a Memorandum of Understanding and offer member rates to attend conference at each other’s conference events –Mates across the ditch. DTA treasures our connection with New Zealand.

Where did the word ‘ANZAC’ originate?


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Making a Difference book 3 (includes a DVD) 
Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy- a manual for carers
Authors: Lauren Yates, Martin Orrell, Phuong Leung, Aimee Spector, Bob woods and Vasililki Orgeta
Publisher: The Journal of Dementia care 2015

Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy or ISCST is described in this book. The bulk of the book are programs and suggestions of 75 sessions that can be used as a one- on- one program 3 times a week for 25 weeks for a person with dementia living at home. All the programs are prepared with quizzes, pictures word searches ready to use. The quality of the pictures is excellent and easy to adapt to any reminiscing recreation program. The book itself is a high quality ring folder and easy to use for photocopying. 

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