Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia News

Entries for September 2017

Hi Members,

Spring has sprung and that means that conference is fast approaching. Have you booked?? Join us in sunny Brisbane and place are still available for the pre-conference workshop. This years program is jam packed with speakers from a range of background looking to innovate and stimulate. The keynote speakers are all set to kick off an inspiring two days.

I am looking forward to meeting lots of new people and also catching up with some old friends. For me, conference is the

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National Workshop Program, News and Updates with Steph
Conference Workshop- Register NOW!

This year’s Activities, Activities, Activities workshop on the 5th of October, the day before the 2-day Brisbane 2017 DRTA Conference is set to be the best one yet. The Workshop gives you the opportunity to get some very practical experience and ideas to take back with you to your workplace. Attending the workshop is a great lead into Conference - having made and met some new friends on that first day and through “getting your hands dirty” together whilst getting practical experience in preparing and facilitating some amazing activities, you are then ready for some serious Conference Professional Development in the company of some great people!! Contact the office or go on line to register now!

All activities and the resources to do them are included in the workshop price as well as the Takeaway Café Booklet #4 that describes each of the

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Just a reminder to all members that renewals are now due – if you have already paid - many thanks. If you still need to pay, we have even more options for payment. You can now renew directly through the website (you must log on first) and you have a choice of paying annually, six monthly, monthly or for two years. If you are paying monthly or six-monthly, you will need to set up a direct debit instruction in your self-service portal first and then choose your renewal option. Please call me in the office if you are unsure and I can guide you through.

The other methods of payment are also still available – 

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DRTA International Liaison Projects

DRTA International Liaison Projects August 2017 report.

In the early hours of Tuesday the 9th of August I had the privilege once again to be able to give a presentation to the National Association of Activity Professionals, (NAAP), in the USA, this time via the internet.

This webinar is called NAAP Lunch and Learn and is held over the lunch time period in the various states in the US. The NAAP members that attend the session earn

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Conference special!
Book now for the conference, mention this special and get a free Takeaway Activity booklet pack!  (Worth $45) You must pick up

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Conferences are always a great time to reflect on our practices, learn new skills, network, challenge ourselves and have some fun! And this years D&R conference certainly did that. 

DRTA was once again represented with a trade stall which gave us the chance to speak to both members and potential members about their jobs, their clients and the problems they face as professionals. 

We received lots of positive feedback about our training and workshops and

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You are not alone is the theme for Dementia Awareness Month in September. For more information go to:


21 September 



World Alzheimer's Day


Organisation: Alzheimer's Australia


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The Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA) has an online modular training course aimed at Allied Health professionals on the NDIS interface. The NDIA have contributed funding to its development. Allied Health professionals and others complete 7 modules and receive a certificate of competency at the end.

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Australian Therapeutic Landscapes Conference 



Friday, 13 October 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 


The Wine Centre


Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, 


Adelaide, SA 5000







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The 2017 Disability Ageing and Lifestyle Expo will be held on Friday, 27 October at Adelaide Showground, from 10am to 4:30pm, with an entry fee of a gold coin donation. Held in the Goyder Pavilion, just off Goodwood Road, the Expo is easily accessible for visitors with mobility needs and those using public transport.

To secure a spot at the expo or enquire about the Program Guide please contact

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