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About Therapeutic Gardens Australia

Founded by Joanne Aquilina, Therapeutic Gardens employs a holistic approach to creating therapeutic gardens for individuals, groups and organisations seeking to achieve improved physical & mental health outcomes for those living with developmental, cognitive, psychological, and physical challenges.
It’s not just about designing and building the gardens. It’s also about getting people out amongst them, despite mobility or mental health challenges.
Statement of Purpose/Vision

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NAIDOC Week

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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This month’s web link has being submitted by Janet Godsell. It provides a link to an interesting read.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/16/the-invisible-aged-the-people-politics-forgot

Another great June web link

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The University of Utah has worked hard to produce a video that promotes the profession of Recreation Therapy! We hope that you share this video with your local organizations, co-workers, family, and friends! It is our goal to use this video as a tool to inform both prospective clients as well as future professionals! 

Enjoy and encourage others to share! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMwFLDgGEhA&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

and a bonus second website this month 

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Australian War Memorial

History information, planning your ANZAC service, search for family armed services records, activities and resources:

https://www.awm.gov.au/

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Australian Government

Recreation Activities section of website:

http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/culture-and-arts/recreational-activities

This information could be used for outdoor activity access or to produce some arm chair travel sessions.

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To fit in with summer and the Journal Watch for this month it was only fitting to provide the web link for The Disabled Surfers Association.

The Disabled Surfers Association was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke after a motorcycle accident which he lost his knee cap and under went extensive rehabilitation.

Gary saw a void that needed to be filled as over the years, many surfers with disabilities have unfortunately, been loners with no one to help them get back into the water.

Many suffer from disabilities that the general public would not consider a disability.

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Start getting prepared with your programming for 2016 by accessing the Community Calendar:

http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/calendar/?fromDate=15-08-2015

January sees many Australians celebrating Australia Day go to the website for ideas and locations of events.

http://www.australiaday.org.au/

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Planet Ark
http://planetark.org/
Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature. Established in 1992, we are one of Australia’s leading environmental behaviour change organisations with a focus on working collaboratively and positively.

National Recycling Week 9th – 15th November.
Australians are willing recyclers with 91% of us agreeing that

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World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. An initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health , WMHD is an annual program held on 10 October to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

This year in Australia, WMHD has three objectives:
1. Encourage help seeking behaviour 
2. Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
3. Foster connectivity throughout communities 
The 2015 WMHD campaign aims to

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