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Hi Members,

I can hardly believe December is upon us and that Christmas is just around the corner. I’m sure all of you are busy getting ready for the holiday season and make sure you are on Santa’s nice list. Summer has also arrived too bringing her warm sunny days. I also send out my prayers to those effected by the QLD bush fires. 

A lot has happened this year that has kept the board busy and working hard. From the Draft Aged Care Standards to the Four Corners report on Age care facilities and the announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care. The DRTA Board has been working hard to ensure our members voices are heard and recognised. This is ongoing and we will continue to make sure we continue to be represented in this arena. A huge thank you goes

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Hi Members,

September marks the start of a new season, the beginning of spring. It is also the month of the DRTA’s 2018 ‘Out of the Box’ Conference. With only 3 weeks to go, time is running out quick to secure your place in Melbourne.

I have always enjoyed attending conference. From the time when I was a new grad and working in my first DT position right up to today. Conference has always been an event I have looked forward to attending. I know I have mentioned this before but… it really is a great way to network and meet new people. A lot of us work where we are the sole DT on site. Conference provides an opportunity to meet and engage with people how are working in a similar area to yourself. 

We all have lots of knowledge and experience, so why not

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Hi Members,

As I write this, I have just returned home from another successful conference. To say I am feeling invigorated and inspired would be an understatement. The 2 days were full of presenters sharing their knowledge, passion and program ideas. A huge thank you goes to our keynote speakers – Brian Lipmann and Helena Popovic for starting the days sharing their incredible journeys. This was my first conference as president, and standing up on stage looking out at all the conference delegates was an amazing sight. I saw a room full of people passionate and committed to diversional therapy, and also committed to education and increasing their knowledge, not just for their own professional development, but to enrich the lives of the people they work with.

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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 has arrived and we are now in the home stretch towards the end of winter. Last month we asked you to complete a survey to assist in our further response to the Draft Aged Care Standards. Kim and I would like to thank all those who took the time to complete and return the surveys. Your input is valuable, and much need to ensure that our voice is heard.



The focus for this month is self-education and lifelong learning. Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can

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Hi Members,

I want to apologise for not having a newsletter last month. The system we use to create the newsletter was updated and there was a delay between the old system going off line and being trained in using the new system. Hopefully we have all kinks worked out and will all be running smoothly. The articles were uploaded to the website, so please don’t forget to check the website for any updates throughout the month.

I can hardly believe we are already halfway through the year. July is here and so is the start of a new financial year. And that means membership renewals are due, along with your 15 Professional Development points. Remember to have those PD points handy in case you are one of the

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Hi Members,

I can hardly believe that it is already June, and we are welcoming winter. It’s time to pull out the blankets and heaters and spend those cold days with...

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