Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for July 2016

Hello Members,

Did you enjoy all the news in the bumper special edition? Thanks to all the team for pulling that fantastic hard copy together! 

Have you put your name down for the inaugural DTA cruise? What a fantastic way to spend some time in February? Networking with like-minded colleagues, whilst learning and exploring some mental health based competencies. These are great topics and very relevant within the working life of today’s Diversional Therapist.

I am going, and would love to meet up with as many of you as possible. And not all hard work – I’m taking along my husband, and using the free time to catch up with our DTA friends – why not do the same? I remember the great camaraderie between

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Making Connections
In the Month of May, I, along with my wife and 5 other DTA members was very privileged to be part of the Diversional Therapy Australia, (DTA), study tour to Japan. The tour was organised by the President of the Diversional Therapy Association of Japan, (DTAJ), Takako Serizawa. We had an absolutely wonderful time meeting many of Takako’s friends and associates of DTAJ, Cindy Lineburg from the Australian Consulate, members of the Board and Executive team of DTAJ and of course many DT workers, nursing staff and the lovely residents at the 3 nursing homes and the private hospital that we visited, during the tour. 

Amongst the many highlights of the tour was a visit to the Hiroshima War Memorial, as we arrived there it was pouring with rain and my wife, Pam made the comment “that it is kind of appropriate that the sky was crying for the people of Hiroshima, for our visit to the memorial”. Though it was at times heart wrenching and very sad to see, it was very special to see as well, subsequently it took her pretty much all day to stop crying herself. I would definitely recommend

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph
Experiencing the colder weather where you are? Why not head to sunny Cairns QLD to thaw out? That is the next workshop on our agenda at the end of July. Check out your options and register now! Remember costs associated with professional development in the area in which you are employed are tax deductable!

Our Shepparton Vic, and Port Broughton SA, held last month were a great success. A big thank you to Chris Sutton and to Darren Robinson who facilitated at these workshops. (See the reports below).

The flyers for Port Macquarie, NSW and Warrnambool Vic are on the website and the Gold Coast QLD will be out soon so plan ahead to secure your PD points for membership early. Remember if you’d like to present at a workshop on a topic you are interested in or passionate about you can gain all your PD points in one go! 

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1. Renewal time has now passed if you have not done please get your PD points together and submit your forms. Here are a few ideas:
• Attend one of our workshops (8 points)
• Present at the workshop (10 points)
• Write a piece for the newsletter, about 750 words (10 points)
• Write up a report (about a page) on a new or innovative activity you have implemented during the year (5 points)
• Do one of our Online Learning Modules (1 point for each one) – more will be added as they become available.
• For many more ideas, have a look at the detailed list on the website. Click on the “Professional Development” tab and you will be able to download the “Professional Development Guide”

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New Zealand Society Diversional Therapists


New Zealand Society Diversional Therapists National Conference Marlborough Convention Centre 5-7 August 2016 Blenheim Comments from previous conferences. DTA members at DTASNZ members rate.


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Cultivate NSW is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2016 Therapeutic Landscapes Conference NSW. This year’s theme is “Making Connections - Plants and People” and will bring together professionals working in horticulture, health, community gardens, students and volunteers to discuss the future of therapeutic horticulture in Australia and accredited career pathways. The conference will lead and inform delegates on how gardens and natural settings contribute and impact on the wellness of individuals, groups and client populations. 

Our keynote speakers include Anna Baker Cresswell from Highground, UK who will speak about using horticultural therapy for the military and Dr Theresa Scott from University of QLD presenting

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The Therapeutic Recreation Journal (TRJ), published by Sagamore Publishing LLC for the National Recreation and Park Association, is soliciting manuscripts. TRJ is a quarterly publication devoted to publishing scholarly and substantive manuscripts in the field of therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy. 

Professionals, students, and academics both in and out¬side the profession of therapeutic recreation/recreation therapy are encouraged to present original research, practice perspectives, reviews, conceptual and theoretical papers, student papers, and brief reports. TRJ follows sixth edition of the APA style manual as the preparation and submission guide with articles undergoing a double-blind review process through associate editors with expertise appropriate to the particular submission. The review process takes approxi-mately six weeks.

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Our colleagues at Selwyn Village NZ are having fun again.


Submitted by: Orquidea Tamayo Mortera NZSDT

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Title: Initial Investigation of Comfort Levels, Motivations, and Attitudes of Volunteers During Therapeutic Recreation Programs
Authors: Valerie Collier, Erin Rothwell, Rena Vanzo, Paul S Carbone.
Journal: Therapeutic Recreation Journal 49.3 (Third Quarter 2015): 207-219.

Some of the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities result from negative attitudes of individuals without disabilities from the general public. Thus, therapeutic recreation programs in the community are an ideal setting to foster interaction between individuals with and without disabilities through integrated services, which can reduce negative attitudes toward individuals with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to 

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NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society

This years theme:

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