Diversional Therapy Australia News


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Hi Members,

It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through the year. The leaves have changed colours, the cold weather has set in, Winter has arrived. My favourite winter activity is putting the heater on, getting cosy on the couch and reading a book or watching a movie. June means it is almost time to renew your membership and making sure you have all your professional development points. Diana and Jodie have been busy in the office getting everything ready for renewals. 

The board have been hard at work on lots of different projects. The conference planning is coming along well. We have extended the deadline to submit 

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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,

As we move further into autumn, I find it refreshing to have the weather finally start to cool down. I love the autumn days of beautiful sunny days and crisp cool mornings and evening. There is lots happening this month to keep us all busy with Easter and ANZAC day just around the corner. 

You may remember last conference we had Anne and Robin visit from NCTRC (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification) in the US. We made the announcement that we would be introducing credentialing here through the DRTA. I had lots of members tell me how excited they were with us going down the credentialing path furthering our profession both nationally and internationally. The board has been working hard over the months to continue to build the DRTA’s relationship with the NCTRC and we now have a MOU in place. You know will be able to apply for credentialing with the NCTRC. There isn’t much more information at the present. We are still working out all 

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Hi Members,

I can hardly believe it is already March. Summer has come and gone, and autumn has arrived. Although you wouldn’t think so with all the warm days we are still having in Sydney. The board have been hard at work already (but don’t worry I did give them a break over the holidays!) to make this a great year for the DRTA. There is lots happening so stay tuned for all the updates! 

After our AGM last September, some members approached the board about stepping in and filling the vacant board positions. After a unanimous vote by the board, we welcome the following members to the board. Kayla Davies – Vic State Representative, Janine Warne – NSW State Representative and Leah Sullivan – Qld State Representative. All 3 bring a wealth

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