Diversional Therapy Australia News

Entries for May 2016


“Navigating an Inspired Future”
See you in Sydney!

Latest news! The submission date for Call for Papers has been extended for another 2 weeks until the 20 June 2016. 

Now is the time to get those papers in! Look at the advantages – 15 DTA PD points for 30mins or more; less than 30 minutes – 8 points, plus you only pay the much reduced presenters rate of $399! Natalie White, a member from Mooroolbark, Vic was one of our first time presenters at last year’s conference. She can vouch for the benefits of presenting - although a little nervous before her talk she ended up with a job offer from her presentation! WOW!

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Share your DT Week activities with DTA: there’s still time to plan an event! The Board would love to share your stories with members via E-news and Collectors magazine in June – earn extra PD points for an article!

• Visit our website and download resources from the member only section: 
- DT Power Point with new case study
- 2016 DT Week posters 
- DTA member logo for your email signature
- DT Week media release
- Join the conversation in the member forums

• Get social with #navigatinganinspiredfuture #DTWeek2016 

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Hello Members,

Another busy month from the Board’s perspective, with much happening across a wide range of topics.

DT Week is almost upon us! I urge you to use this time to promote your role and the awareness of the Diversional Therapy profession. The Board work tirelessly to do the same; it is in your very best interests to alert those around you to the benefits within the breadth and depth of your role. Be proud! You are unique in what you do and how you do it! 

By the time you read this, the Study Tour to Japan will be in full swing! This has been the culmination of several years of discussions and then planning. Five Board members are represented on this tour, with several speaking at the Symposiums organised by Takako Serizowa, Chairperson, Diversional Therapy Japan. Takako is well known to many of you from her frequent visits to Australia, and her attendance and presentations at DTA conferences. I know she is very excited about the

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Diversional Therapy Week is a national event promoting the profession and role undertaken by Diversional Therapists working with people who experience barriers to recreation participation as a result of illness, disability or disadvantage. This year’s theme is an opportunity for the profession to celebrate the exciting changes and developments within our field that will inform and lead future practice. Diversional Therapists use this time to engage with client groups, communities and stakeholders about the important role the profession has to ensure barriers to meaningful and satisfying recreation experiences are minimised through comprehensive assessment, goal setting, program design and evaluation. The strength of DT practice lies with the individual being integral to decision making and choice about their potential to learn, pursue and maximise independence in a range of recreation experiences.

Diversional Therapy Australia’s (DTA) campaign for 2016 is ‘Navigating an Inspired Future’. The theme challenges us to consider how Diversional Therapists transition throughout their career through educational pathways. This is essential to the growth and sustainability of the profession and enables clinicians to 

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Great Start to our upcoming DT Week – Navigating an Inspired Future
Gold Sponsor graduates their first NSW group of Diversional Therapy Assistants

Diversional Therapy Australia’s Gold Sponsor, Skills Training Australia, recently graduated their first group of students in the Certificate IV in Leisure and Health in NSW, under the expert tutelage of Jacqueline Quirke (pictured above), in a move in Mid-2015 to offer all courses outside of Victoria.

As part of STAs Gold Sponsorship commitment to DTA, they have agreed to purchase a DTA Student Affiliate Membership for each student. We are excited to announce that their memberships will likely continue for another year as the students are keen to progress their studies into the Diploma of Leisure and Health, again with Jacki at the helm!

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph
Hi everyone and welcome to the DTA education update! 

We have had a busy April and the next few months look even busier as we lead up to conference and our next lot of workshops. Check out the list of up and coming workshops and put them in your diary or register directly on line if you can make it!

See reviews from the Sydney CST and Adelaide workshops below with photos. A big thank you to Rosslyn Price the SA DTA board member for taking on her first workshop facilitator role- not an easy job. When I can’t get to a workshop the facilitator takes on the role to ensure that the day runs smoothly and that presenters and delegates are kept happy throughout the day. When I plan these workshops I often don’t know what the venue is like or what the presenters style is and the facilitator ensures the day runs to time as well as all forms are completed and returned, prizes are presented and certificates given out. Rosslyn has also done the workshop review you can read below. 

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The Therapeutic recreation students have planned an event on the 11th May from 12-1pm to promote Diversional Therapy week to be held at Campbelltown campus.

For further information contact Nicole Peel Associate Lecturer – Therapeutic Recreation
School of Science and Health
Ph: 02 4620 3232 or Email n.peel@westernsydney.edu.au

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In 2015 I had the pleasure of being a first time presenter at the DTA Conference in the Gold Coast. Not only was it a beautiful setting and warm weather, but I find the conferences are always set up so well and professionally.

It was a special conference for me as it was my first one since before having my gorgeous girl in 2011, but it was the first time I had ever presented in such a large forum.  

Since starting in the Diversional Therapy World in 2003, I have seen many professionals and experts get up and “do their thing”, and I admired their strength and courage. Before I had my little girl I decided that presenting and training within the Leisure & Health field was something I could really do, and I have always wanted to teach in some way. So I did my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2011, and have been doing

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In mid-April, DTA President, Louise Absalom and I held a Skype meeting with the delightful Dr. Marie Young, who is an academic at the University of Western Cape in South Africa, in the field of sport and recreation management. Though she isn’t affiliated with any Therapeutic Recreation or Diversional Therapy organisation, she says she has a great interest in the Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure profession. Below is an extract from an email she sent to me outlining where the Therapeutic Recreation profession is at in South Africa:

Health professions are regulated by the Health Professional Counsel of South Africa. This body requires that practitioners are trained and registered with them and are presented with a practice number allowing practitioners to claim for services from our medical aids or get employment in Government owned medical centres or hospitals. All health professionals are thus

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International Circles Developing Recreational Therapy in South Africa
Marie Young (DPhil) is an academic at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa teaching in the field of sport and recreation management. She gained a vested interest in the field of recreational therapy over the years and developed a Therapeutic Recreation Stress Management Intervention Model in military context as part of her PhD that she obtained in 2014. She continues to investigate recreational therapy with the hope to develop it as a profession in South Africa and managed to visit several universities and recreational therapy service providers in the United States as a visiting professor. The visit proved to be insightful as to the real work of a recreation therapist within clinical and community based settings. The road to developing the profession still remains challenging in relation to the current stance of recreation in South Africa. 

South Africa has a population of approximately 54 million citizens and was referred to as a ‘Rainbow Nation’ because of its multicultural diversity and heritage of South Africans. The legacy of apartheid left the legacy of high levels of poverty, inequality, underdevelopment, unemployment, disorganized families, health

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