Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for September 2016

Hello Members,

Have you booked for the 2016 DTA conference! I believe this year’s conference is one of the most jam-packed with offerings to excite, innovate, impress and stimulate! I have heard one of the keynote speakers and you will find his presentation amazing – you will want to be part of this unique approach and you will be eager to learn more!

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Sydney next month. There are many reasons why you should attend the annual conference of your peak body. For me, these are the most important:

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National Workshop Programme, News and Updates with Steph

What a lovely group of Leisure and Lifestyle staff attended our Cairns workshop on the 29th of July and our Port Macquarie workshop on the 19th of August.

Taking Professional Development to Regional Areas means that you don’t have to travel as far as you may have had to, to receive vital information to assist you in your role. (One attendee at our Port Macquarie workshop still travelled 600Km’s to get there though!!)

See the Workshop reports below-

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Just released, the DTA Pre-Conference Workshop Activities, Activities, Activities! Has just been finalised and will be ready for you to view and register online!

The Workshop will run the day before Conference 6th October 2016  – why not come for 3 days 6th, 7th 8th October and be thoroughly immersed in the best ideas, inspirations and colleagues!

Navigating an Inspired Future! Together!

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In August both Louise Absalom and myself had a skype meeting with Krista Hamel-Smith who is the General Manager of the Caribbean kids and Family Therapy Organization (CKFTO) in Trinidad in the West Indies. 

From the CKFTO Website –

Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization (CKFTO) is a registered non-profit organisation formed in 2008 in Trinidad with a mission to provide therapy and support services to all children in need.

CKFTO specializes in

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1. Conference 2016 Program Now Available

2. DTA Cruise Workshop Please follow this link to find out more

3. DTA National Award for Excellence to be presented at the cocktail party at DTA Conference in Sydney October 7th and 8th. There is still time to submit a project for consideration.

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A leaders Manual for Senior’s Discussion Groups

Diversional Therapist Lauretta Kaldor has published a new manual which every Diversional Therapist, Recreational Activities Officer and staff working in Aged Care, and Community and Day centres will find useful and a valuable addition to their resources.
Lauretta, who has been working as a Diversional Therapist for over 30 years has used not only her skills but her extensive experience to put together the

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Life Member

Dear Louise, 

I would like you and the Board to know how thrilled I was to receive the new  Life Member Certificate. As the first life member, I am proud to know that our contribution is valued. I continue to be involved in Diversional Therapy as a Senior Ambassador of Logan Council, as well as community and Church work. I recently came across a folder of information of past letters and documents that need to be

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Friday 14th October 2016, 8:30am-4pm
TAFE NSW - SWSi Horticulture, Raine Road Padstow
Cost $185, concessions & Cultivate Members $150 (dinner option extra)
More details at

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Free public lecture on Strokes at UTS.

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I am currently doing a Future Learn course hosted by UNSW and had to recently read an article about IT and Disability and thought I would share it with you. It is a few years old (2008) but some of the information is still very interesting and relevant today. Ed.

Title: Innovation and Disability

Authors: Gerard Goggin

Journal: M/C journal: A journal of media and culture. Vol 11, No 3.


 Critique of Ability

In July 2008, we could be on the eve of an enormously important shift in disability in Australia.

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