Diversional Therapy Australia News

Entries for July 2015


Hello Members,

Brrr! I think the whole nation has been freezing! It seems to have been such a long, cold winter. I hope you are all coping well and the winter bugs and flus haven’t hit you too hard.

As I write to you, I am preparing to attend the New Zealand Diversional Therapy Conference in Auckland. I am really looking forward to catching up with NZ DT’s I met two years ago, and also at the DTA Conferences, and of course, meeting new friends in the DT world. I will give you a full briefing in next month’s newsletter.

And speaking of Conferences… have you taken advantage of the member early bird registration to attend the fantastic, brilliant, inspiring Gold Coast Conference… well, don’t panic if you haven’t, because this

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph

I’ve just returned from our Tasmanian Workshop in Launceston which saw a small group of dedicated leisure and lifestyle staff working in Disabilities and Aged care, come from around the state to share education, experiences, knowledge and laughter together on a very cold day, see the photos and my report below. Also below is the report from our SA regional workshop in Port Broughton which again brought together people from all around that state including hard working DTA president Louise Absalom- see her report and inspiration she drew from the workshop in her Presidents piece this month- a big thank you to Darren Robinson too for his fine management and facilitation on the day.

My apologies for a typo in last month’s report regarding the Perth workshop - it is on the 14th of November not August as stated- this is being updated on the webpage calendar as we speak. The Hamilton, Victoria workshop on the 31st of August includes a practical Art session as well as lots of other

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Certificate IV in Leisure & Health that will be running out of Kent Street campus in Sydney CBD.

Skills Training Australia is able to obtain fully funded training places through the Department of Social Services for individuals working in a care role within an Approved Aged Care provider – this is through a recent extension to the Aged Care Workforce Vocational Education and Training (ACWVET) program. We have access to 15 training places.

This funding is designed to assist Aged Care Providers in upskilling their staff into qualifications or skill sets that relate to the sector. In this instance for the Certificate 

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Australia’s first National Dementia Essay Competition will be launched in September during Dementia Awareness Month, with more than $7000 in prizes on offer, to encourage more university students to consider dementia care as a career choice.

The competition is being run by Australia’s Dementia Training Study Centres, with support from Alzheimer’s Australia and the Australian Journal of Dementia Care (AJDC).

In keeping with the theme of this year’s Alzheimer’s Australia’s Dementia Awareness Month – ‘Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation’ – entrants will be invited to submit an essay explaining how their discipline can contribute to creating a 

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Therapeutic Recreation Journal

Special Issue Call for Papers: Strengths-Based Practice 
Deadline: August 17, 2015 

A sea change is occurring in health and human services from a medical model to a strengths approach (Anderson & Heyne, 2012a). 

The goal of the health care industry is changing from keeping the beds in hospitals filled to supporting people out of the hospital (Sullivan & Decker, 2009). The future will see a shift from a profession practiced primarily in hospitals to a profession that is also practiced in the community with recreation therapy/therapeutic recreation professionals employed in a variety of settings like day rehab, supportive-living, home-health care, wellness centers, and special recreation districts (Hoss, Powell, & Sable, 2006). As health and human service professions transition from

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New, free palliative care training modules launched
The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is pleased to announce the launch of two new, free, online palliative care training modules on pain management and recognising the deteriorating client.

The modules are hosted on an updated, expanded information portal, with new training materials and extensive resources. The two new modules build on the success of the AHHA’s first four online units on community based palliative aged care which have drawn over 21,000 registrations to date.

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I am the Coordinator of the Willoughby Community Men's Shed. 

(www.willoughbymensshed.com) The Shed has received funding to purchase a laser cutter to produce jigsaw puzzles for our Dementia Puzzle Project. The project involves clients sending in images that they recognise or are important to them and the shed reproducing the images onto jigsaw puzzles that are appropriately designed to suit their cognitive and physical ability. The puzzles are manufactured and returned at no cost. We are hoping to establish this project in conjunction with support workers in the field and through them assess the efficacy of the puzzles. Any support in making appropriate contacts would be greatly appreciated. 

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Skills Training Australia, DTA’s Gold Sponsor, are rolling out training in most states. They are well set up in Victoria, but are always interested in being in touch with great trainers from other states especially who would be keen, passionate about the field of Leisure & health and qualified to deliver their Cert IV in Leisure & Health and perhaps the Diploma in the future. A great opportunity for DTA members!

Please contact Matt Rowe from Skills Training Australia directly to register your interest mrowe@skillstraining.vic.edu.au 

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DTA Welcomes and thanks Felicity Bain-Smith as Volunteer Executive Assistant
Thanks so much Felicity - the office and Board thank and welcome you to our frantic little team!
DTA now boasts 3 senior volunteer roles: Volunteer National Newsletter Editor, Emma Preston; Volunteer National Network Group Coordinator, Katrina Vuori and Volunteer Executive Assistant, Felicity Bain-Smith
… this is along with our amazing volunteer Board of course!

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DTA is looking to create a Member Consultation Group. We need about 20 members who are happy to give us their opinion on a range of issues – at short notice by return email….

Can you help? We can offer you PD points for your time and opinions…

Can you help? Yes? Email Margie to let her know. margie@diversionaltherapy.org.au 

The questions will start soon….

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