Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for April 2017

As we leave summer behind us, Northern NSW and Queensland have been experiencing extreme weather the last couple of weeks. My thoughts go out to those members and their families that have been effected by Cyclone Debbie and the flooding. The board hopes all members stay safe during this difficult time.

With May just around the corner, preparations for Diversional and Recreation Therapy Week are in full swing. This years DRT Week will be held from 8th to 14th May and the theme is Innovation and Expectation. New resources will be added to the website in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for these. It would be wonderful to see all the different ways our members celebrate, so please consider submitting an article for future newsletters. And also earn PD points!

The board and office have been in full swing planning and organising this year’s conference. This year it will be held at the beautiful

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National Workshop Program, News and Updates with Steph

What a great month March was!!
We were in Ulverstone Tasmania on the 4th with a fantastic line up of diverse presenters and our Melbourne workshop on the 24th of March was only a few days ago, and was also a great day of diversity, networking and exchanging of ideas and learning and getting out of our comfort zones! See photos and write ups below.

Our proposed workshop list for 2017 has recently been updated with the rolling out of the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Master Training Class programs nationally. Check out the list on line and pencil in a workshop near you. You can also continue to register your intertest by going on line through the DRTA website, click on the CST Training tab at the top and complete your details. If you have several DT’s, Leisure and Lifestyle staff, RAOs or assistants at your facility that may like to learn

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The first meeting of the TR International Coalition was held in early March. DRTA President - Kylie Rice and myself were part of the meeting as well as Nicole Peel - Australia, Orquidea Tamayo from Auckland, Anne Richard and Pei-Chun from ATRA in the US, Dr Jerry Singleton from Nova Scotia, Dr Marie Young from South Africa and Shinichi Nagata, who is Japanese but is a Ph.D. Candidate and Associate Instructor at Indiana University.

After brief introductions from all present, we spoke of what we would like to achieve from the coalition meetings.

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Closing the Gap

On Friday March 17th, DRTA Board Member Daniel Gray joined Indigenous Allied Health Australia and other AHPA members in signing the Statement of Intent to confirm DRTA’s commitment to Closing the Gap.

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Title: Leisure and meaning-making: Implications for rehabilitation to engage persons with disabilities
Authors: Iwasaki, Yoshitaka
Journal: Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 225-232, 2017

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Humans strive for meaning-making, which refers to the process by which a person derives meanings from an activity in life and makes sense of one’s life. OBJECTIVE: This paper summarizes the research-based knowledge about the role of leisure in meaning-making, and describes implications of this role for rehabilitation to engage individuals with

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The below article appeared in the Australian Alzheimer’s Newsletter for Western Australia

Alzheimer’s Society UK


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We are delighted to announce that alumni now receive free library membership at Western Sydney University.
All alumni of the University will receive free access to borrowing privileges and a selected number of electronic databases.
Please follow two easy steps below to become a GradLife member and enjoy free library access.
1. Become a 

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The Weenthunga network is open to anyone who works in health in Victoria.  Membership is free.  Our two key interrelated objectives are to: 
- improve the knowledge, competencies and collaboration of Victorian health practitioners, better equipping them to provide culturally sensitive services when working with First Australians and their communities; and 
- encouraging and supporting young

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This month we say thank you to Lauretta Kaldor who has decided to retire from her volunteer Book Review position after doing it for many years and we appreciate all the wonderful resources she has recommended us.

We also see information for the upcoming DTRA Conference, Darren’s relentless work in his International Position and Steph’s hard work organising all your education through the workshops.

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