Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for May 2017


You might have noticed something slightly different: we are now celebrating Diversional and Recreation therapy week to reflect the name change the DRTA. 

This year’s theme of ‘Innovation and Expectation’ is about demonstrating our leadership in our chosen fields, turning all those ideas into new programs and improving our practice for our clients. DRT Week is a time to engage with our colleagues, clients and the community and share the message of better leisure for all. A media release is available on the website; please share it with your contacts to spread the message. This week is a celebration for all the DT/RT’s, RAOs, DT Assistants and all activity professionals for your

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National Workshop Program, News and Updates with Steph

We are so excited to be launching our National training sessions for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy with the proposed workshop list for 2017 being updated to include the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Master Training Class programs. Check out the list on line and pencil in a workshop near you. You can also continue to register your interest 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 this therapy and its implementation to people with Mild to Moderate dementia then contact the DRTA office or email me directly at stephania@diversionaltherapy.org.au to discuss bringing the training to your workplace.

Our South Australian Barossa Valley Workshop on the 7th of April with a small and dedicated group returned some great feedback. See the write up below. Our Brisbane Workshop on the 28th of April is included

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DRTA International Liaison Projects - NAAP Conference 2017 Denver Colorado USA

On April the 3rd, my wife Pam and I flew to Denver in the US to attend the National Association of Activities Professionals National Conference for 2017. We had an absolutely amazing time.

I was also very fortunate to be given the opportunity to present at the conference. I spoke about what DRTA does and what I do in my position on the board as the International Liaison Projects Team Leader. I wanted to introduce the conference attendees and the NAAP Board to some of the wonderful fellow activity professionals that I have met since I joined the DRTA Board, so much to the joy of the attendees at my presentation, DRTA President Kylie Rice from NSW along with Beth Sizemore and a few of her residents from the Radius Fulton Care Centre in Dunedin and NZSDT President Gael Ansell, immediate past President Mary Gracie and current Vice-president Orquidea Tamayo all from Auckland, made

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Renee Rizzo (Senior Diversional Therapist) Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit

Working in a speciality clinical area brings about many challenges and rewards both professionally and personally. Being recognised by your peers as an expert and leader in your field gives one a great sense of accomplishment. Earlier this year I was invited to be one of 4 keynote speakers at the 2017 NSW Transitional Living Program Forum. 

The theme of the forum “Working with Clients with Challenging Behaviour: Learning – Sharing – Doing” enabled me to share my expertise as a Diversional Therapist and demonstrate the contribution leisure and recreation has towards supporting clients with

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I would like to share the link below for the Baby Buddies story and video on Now To Love – the Women’s Weekly online site.


If you are interested on starting a Baby Buddies Programme, please

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DRTA National Conference Call for Papers

 still open – get your paper in now!




Don’t miss out on the 

2017 DRTA Award for Excellence

 – put your entry in now




DRTA resources DRTA Week…to access you must be a DRTA member, log in and then download the items you need.


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NACA Aged Care Reform Update - March 2017

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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.

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Mindful in May 1 -31st May 2017 
Organisation: Mindful in May

Mindful in May brings the benefits of meditation together with an opportunity to help bring clean water to those living in the developing world. Your donation and fundraising will be used by Charity Water in its mission to solve the water crisis. When you register and donate, you'll receive a one-moth meditation program.

National/State: National

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Regional Health Training Hubs and New University Departments of Rural Health (13 April)
National Rural Health Commissioner a step closer (20 March)

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