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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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Dear Members,

I will keep this month’s piece brief as we have a jam packed edition of newsletter due to all the AGM information. I would just like to thank Louise Absalom for all her hard work as president of the association and I look forward to filling her big shoes! I also would like to thank those Board members that are outgoing and for all their work and dedication to the association and welcome on board the new members.  You will see their profiles in the newsletter over the next few months so that

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Hello Members,

Did you go to the DTA conference! If you did, I am sure, like so many people I have spoken to, you also found it inspiring and informing. The keynote speakers, Michael Venuzuala , Dr Gary Cheung and Dr Kathy Peri were perfect for the DT environment.

I came away from the conference with two key thoughts. Firstly, how very proud I am to be part of such a welcoming and embracing organisation. Secondly, I firmly believe the DT role and DTA sit on the brink of change. At last year’s conference we heard about

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Hello Members,

Did you enjoy all the news in the bumper special edition? Thanks to all the team for pulling that fantastic hard copy together! 

Have you put your name down for the inaugural DTA cruise? What a fantastic way to spend some time in February? Networking with like-minded colleagues, whilst learning and exploring some mental health based competencies. These are great topics and very relevant within the working life of today’s Diversional Therapist.

I am going, and would love to meet up with as many of you as possible. And not all hard work – I’m taking along my husband, and using the free time to catch up with our DTA friends – why not do the same? I remember the great camaraderie between

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Hello Members,

As I write it is an absolutely glorious day where I live, and I hope where you are as well. Have you ever considered how the weather influences our sense of wellness? Have you considered this from the point of view of the clients you work with? 

Conversation Psychologist Susan Clayton, PhD, states, “One of the areas of research that’s really booming in the past 10 to 15 years is research demonstrating that feeling connected to nature, being outside in nature, has a positive impact on people,” she says. “It reduces their stress, it makes them happier, perhaps more productive, even more physically healthy … that’s part of the message that people need to have.” http://www.apa.org/action/careers/protect/susan-clayton.aspx

Dr. Clayton spends a lot of her time at zoos observing how people connect with animals and nature. Her study is concerned with how this connection can

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Hi Members,

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

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Hi Members,

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

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Hi Members,

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

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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

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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

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