Published Friday, 15 September 2017
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
Published Tuesday, 8 August 2017
August is already upon us. And you are anything like me, you are wondering just where the year has gone. The Board has been hard at work to improve the associations for all the members.
One area that has been a major focus is marketing. Victorian State Rep Daniel Grey has taken on the task of leading the marketing team. Daniel has been liaising with 180 Degrees Consultancy to improve how the association connects with its members and the public via the website and social media platforms. 180 Degrees completed a review and supplied recommendations on changes that can be made. You have already seen some of the recommendations implemented, such as updating and streamlining the renewal process and increasing the renewals options. Over the coming months, you may see some further changes to the website and social media accounts as we continue to make
Published Thursday, 6 July 2017
Winter has arrived and I hope everyone is staying warm. This weather always makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a good book or movie. What is everybody’s favourite winter activity?
As it is now July (and I am left to ponder where the last 6 months went...), it’s the start of a new financial year and time to renew your membership. With recent updates to the website, allowing you to do it all online, renewing is easier than ever. There is the added option of paying for 1 or 2 years and updating all your details online. Just fill in the PD points summary, scan and email to Diana in the office and you are all done. Remember to keep the evidence of your PD points. In case your name is selected at random for the audit.
Conference planning is in full swing and is shaping up to be a
Published Friday, 16 June 2017
Well, I’m not sure when it happened by June is already upon us and we are halfway through 2017. And that means that membership renewal is almost here. June is your last chance to get any PD points that are needed. The office staff have been working hard to make the renewal process as easy for you as possible. You now can complete the process online, and a receipt being email to you straight away. We have also increase the payment options. You can pay for 1 year, 2 years or monthly instalments. All can be done online and just email a summary of your PD points to the office. Remember you also get a discount if you renew before 30th of June.
Behind the scenes the office and the conference committee have been working hard to organise this years conference. Our keynote speakers have been announced: Day 1 we have
Published Wednesday, 10 May 2017
HAPPY DIVERSIONAL AND RECREATION THERAPY WEEK!!
You might have noticed something slightly different: we are now celebrating Diversional and Recreation therapy week to reflect the name change the DRTA.
This year’s theme of ‘Innovation and Expectation’ is about demonstrating our leadership in our chosen fields, turning all those ideas into new programs and improving our practice for our clients. DRT Week is a time to engage with our colleagues, clients and the community and share the message of better leisure for all. A media release is available on the website; please share it with your contacts to spread the message. This week is a celebration for all the DT/RT’s, RAOs, DT Assistants and all activity professionals for your
Published Friday, 7 April 2017
As we leave summer behind us, Northern NSW and Queensland have been experiencing extreme weather the last couple of weeks. My thoughts go out to those members and their families that have been effected by Cyclone Debbie and the flooding. The board hopes all members stay safe during this difficult time.
With May just around the corner, preparations for Diversional and Recreation Therapy Week are in full swing. This years DRT Week will be held from 8th to 14th May and the theme is Innovation and Expectation. New resources will be added to the website in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out for these. It would be wonderful to see all the different ways our members celebrate, so please consider submitting an article for future newsletters. And also earn PD points!
The board and office have been in full swing planning and organising this year’s conference. This year it will be held at the beautiful
Published Monday, 13 March 2017
Well, here we find ourselves in March and there is a lot to report on this month, so many great initiatives in the works. It is shaping up to be a very exciting year ahead.
After lots of discussion, the board has decided to take the next step in moving the association forward. We are changing the name, and will now be known as Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia. Or DRTA. We want all our members and colleagues who work in the leisure and recreation field, identifying with either Diversional Therapy or Therapeutic Recreation to feel included and welcomed in the association. Over the coming weeks you will
Published Monday, 20 February 2017
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and new year, and have returned to work refreshed and energised for the year ahead.
To start of 2017 off with a bang… We have the ‘Workshop on the Waves’ DTA Cruise happening the beginning of February. Skills Training Australia will be providing Mental Health Skill Set training, while sailing down to the beautiful Kangaroo Island. I will be going in the cruise and am looking forward to catching up with members and having a
Published Thursday, 15 December 2016
Good evening everyone.
I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months and to share with you some of the key highlights.
Several years ago, the Board made the decision to create an Executive Officer role, specifically designed to support strategic growth and development. This role has taken DTA into a new realm, with a focus on strategic and business planning. This planning has been the basis of everything the Board and DTA office have undertaken. As a result, DTA has been able to offer some new
Published Monday, 5 September 2016
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: