Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for April 2019

Meet the Board - Leah Sullivan

I have completed a Diploma in Leisure and Health and I have worked as a Diversional Therapist in both the community and residential fields including the Montessori approach.

I have implemented a vast array of programs from swimming for behavioural management, Art shows and Tech Savvy program and I am currently the Lifestyle and Wellbeing Team Leader for Anglicare Southern Queensland - North Coast. I manage a 

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As many of us are aware, client’s families are needing more help to keep their older family members at home, and more importantly engaged in meaningful activities. At present, Diversional Therapy for older clients is mainly provided within residential aged care facilities and day centres. In-home Diversional Therapy is relatively new, and is a client centred practice. The benefits of in-home therapy are many. Firstly, when clients are visited in their own home, their safety factor is increased, and they are comfortable engaging in activities. This is particularly relevant and convenient for clients with dementia, who may not want to leave their home to attend a day centre. Secondly, the activities delivered can tap into the client’s existing interests and hobbies, which may already be undertaken in the home. Thirdly, meaningful activities of daily living, such as food preparation and household tasks, can be incorporated into a Diversional Therapy activities program. 

Therapy may include activities such as:

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Hi Members,

As we move further into autumn, I find it refreshing to have the weather finally start to cool down. I love the autumn days of beautiful sunny days and crisp cool mornings and evening. There is lots happening this month to keep us all busy with Easter and ANZAC day just around the corner. 

You may remember last conference we had Anne and Robin visit from NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) in the US. We made the announcement that we would be introducing credentialing here through the DRTA. I had lots of members tell me how excited they were with us going down the credentialing path furthering our profession both nationally and internationally. The board has been working hard over the months to continue to build the DRTA’s relationship with the NCTRC and we now have a MOU in place. You know will be able to apply for credentialing with the NCTRC. There isn’t much more information at the present. We are still working out all 

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