Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for August 2016

Hello Members,

Every month I write to you about the exciting things that are occurring from a Board and organisational perspective – and this month is certainly no different!

You will have been reading about the focus of the Board this year, to engage with other Diversional Therapists around the world. Sometimes the naming differs, however the underlying similarity is around the role.

I have been overwhelmed, when engaging with other leaders around the world, how we all ‘speak’ the same language, and have the same organisational aspirations and challenges.

This month, Darren Robinson (International Liaison Board member) and I met, via skype, with

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With our Cairns workshop a week away from when I am writing this update we have had a relatively quiet month for the DTA workshops around the country. (Look out for the Cairns report in our next newsletter).

Things are set to warm up though with requests for workshops specifically designed for leisure and lifestyle staff being rolled out with a number of facilities taking up the educational opportunities of a workshop built around their specific needs, being planned. If your facility has a number of leisure and lifestyle staff, why not propose to them this great learning opportunity addressing the specific interest and needs of your team and which can work out at a substantial financial saving making the training even more worthwhile. See the workshops available below and make an enquiry today and let me provide you with a

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Can Diversional Therapy save many people who are burdened with care for their family in Japan?


It was 1998 when I meet Diversional Therapy in Australia for the first time. Since then, I have dedicated myself to promoting Diversional Therapy in Japan as a method of Aged Care that supports people to “live happily and worthy of their own ways until the end of life”. How DT has brought fresh ideas into aged care in Japan and helped various aged care facilities to achieve good results. Just as recently as this May, we showcased the bright side of DT in Japan to DTA delegation that visited Japan.

However, in Japan, there are very sad facts. That is, the number of aged people who are

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During the last month I have had an email from Vincent Yueng who is the Senior Officer of Corporate Services Department, The Hong Kong Society for the Aged (SAGE).   He wrote:

Our work includes the following:

The Love-your-brain Website  www.loveyourbrain.org.hk

  • Aimed at helping the general public to learn more about the onset of dementia and to keep aware of the elders’ brain health and psychological changes
  • Stimulatory games which

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Dear Participant,


My name is Jade Gilchrist I want to identify the changing trends in Diversional Therapy practice. Working over seventeen years in the Leisure & Lifestyle industry and have become increasingly aware of the generational shift in the care recipients we provide our service to.


The next generation that will be entering aged care are the Baby Boomers and the purpose of this study will be to understand what they expect in Aged Care and how we can as a professional body prepare for this. Your involvement will assist professionals like yourself and all those involved in the Leisure & Lifestyle industry to prepare for the care recipients of the future.

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FACILITATING Bonding of family & friends visiting with People in Assisted Care

I know experienced Diversional Therapy staff would know much of this, but we all need support to stay aware of it in the face of dealing with everything else  daily. It is also a celebration of joint efforts and successes.

The following essay/discussion is with the proviso that where there are problematic situations, conflict in families or estrangements, it is not the responsibility of staff to intervene or fix relationships, though duty of care due to the resident may mean some social intervention.

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Diversional Therapy Services Evaluation Project UWS Award.

Congratulations to Chloe Darragh, a UWS 2015 Graduate in Bachelor Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation) and winner of the 2015 DTA Award in Diversional Therapy Services Evaluation Project. This prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding graduate in the subject of Therapeutic Recreation Professional Project.

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Darren Robinson has been invited to present at the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) in Denver Colorado in the US in April 2017.  Sue Tripney and Darren had previously spoken via Skype at this years national conference. They have asked Darren to speak about his position at DTA as the International Liaison Board member and the contacts he has made. Well done Darren!

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This conference may be of interest to DT’s or DT assistants working in the disability sector.

15th World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities- Global Partnerships: Enhancing Research, Policy and Practice. Melbourne August 14th – 19th 2016.


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Why should you/your staff attend D+R 2016?
- A great 2 days of education/information
- Terrific Trade Expo (bring some professional spending money!)
- Exceptional opportunity to network, connect & recharge
- Chance to win the $1,500 Award for Excellence
- Earn CPD Hours/Points

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