Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for April 2016

Hello Members,

I write this newsletter with excitement! Over the past few years, the Board of DTA have made a conscious effort to engage with other like-minded organisations around the world.

Many of you will have seen Takako Serizawa (President, DT Japan) at DTA conferences, along with some of her students, as they have taken advantage of the opportunity to engage with Australian DT trends and experiences. Last conference, we also welcomed two Board members from DT New Zealand, making the Gold Coast conference a truly international affair!

Over the past 18 months, Board member Darren Robinson, has been part of the international liaison portfolio and has worked to building this international forum. Darren, in his quiet and unassuming way, has made contact with Leisure professionals in

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Members: $28.90 each + $3 postage in Aust

Non Members: $48.90 each + $3 postage

·         Are you member of a DTA Network Group? Special offer -Place an order for 2 or more and receive them postage free to your nominated Network Group Leader!

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph

Hi Everyone

I hope you enjoyed a safe and relaxing Easter weekend!

I am looking forward to our Dementia Specific Workshop on the benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for people with early stage and mild dementia coming up in a few days’ time on Wednesday the 6th of April. Being held at the Northern Sydney Education & Conference Centre in the grounds of Macquarie Hospital, (where DTA’s office is too), numbers are almost full so if you are interested in attending please contact the office or email enquiries@diversionaltherapy.org.au  (you can also book directly on line through our DTA membership portal- check out the workshop flyers under Events on the home page).

Also coming up in April is our Adelaide Workshop on the 8th to be held at the Comfort Inn on Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg North.  Take advantage of a day by the seaside with networking and professional development opportunities including

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8th April SA- Adelaide                                   

13th May NSW- Orange

3rd June VIC- Shepparton 

17th June – SA Port Broughton

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Reminder to Members: 

1. Renewal time is fast approaching and it is time to start getting your PD points together. Here are a few ideas:

· Attend one of our workshops (8 points)

· Present at the workshop (10 points)

· Write a piece for the newsletter, about 750 words (10 points)

· Write up a report (about a page) on a new or innovative activity you have implemented during the year (5 points)

· Do one of our Online Learning Modules (1 point for each one) – more will be added as they become available.

· For many more ideas,



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2016 National Diversional Therapy Australia Conference

“Navigating an Inspired Future”

 2 days October 2016 (with preconference workshop day on day prior)


Conference Dates: 7th & 8th October 2016 (with preconference workshop day on day prior)

Venue: Mecure Sydney (near Central Station)


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Since the start of 2016 I’ve had continual significant successes contacting international organisations similar to Diversional Therapy Australia, with the aim of forging working relationships and embarking on possible collaborations with organisations around the world.

On March the 1st, DTA President, Louise Absalom and myself were part of Web-Ex link up with the executives of ATRA, ( the American Therapeutic recreation Association). The ATRA team that spoke to us were Assistant Professor, Therapeutic Recreation Grand Valley State University and ATRA President, Dawn DeVries, ATRA President–Elect Marilyn Radatz, Executive Director NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification), Anne Richard and Assistant Professor Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Temple University and Co-Chair of the International Contacts Committee Pei-Chun Hsieh. The ATRA representatives were a delight to talk to with a very informative and professional conversation taking place. We all came away from

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International Circles
Elderly embrace new age technology

From left, diversional therapist Sarah Ellis, Manurewa local board chairwoman Angela Dalton, Elmwood resident Betty Cargill, AUT student and judge Donna Cleveland and AwhiWolrd founder Maggie Buxton were all happy with the way the show turned out.

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Course number 161-00024V01. 

This course provides participants working in the allied health sector and community organisations with basic horticultural skills and knowledge to undertake therapeutic horticulture activities with their clients. 

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Free online courses for Aged Care Workers – Mental Health

BeyondBlue’s free online course for aged care workers to help recognise and manage depression/anxiety in their clients and promote their own mental health

Futurelearn Free Courses

UNSW is pleased to let you know

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