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Hi members,

As we move into April, I hope everybody is enjoying the change in the weather. I know that I am definitely enjoying the cooler days and can’t wait... 

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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 summer comes to an end, March is upon us bringing autumn to us. Autumn is my favourite time of the year. The weather starts to cool down, the days become shorter and nature brings us the beautiful yellow, orange and brown colours as the leaves change...

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Hi Members,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday period, and are all refreshed for the exciting year ahead. The board has already been hard at work, holding the first board meeting of the year last week. Busy making plans for 2018 (and beyond).

With the New Year, comes a new calendar of events. Steph, the DRTA education co-ordinator has been busy planning the years workshops and training events. We kick off the years education calendar with the “Access to Leisure” workshop being held in Ryde, NSW on February 6. This workshop is designed for those working in disabilities, rehab and mental health. The DRTA will also be continuing to provide CST training this year. Please visit the events tab on the DRTA website for more

 

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Hi members,



It’s hard to believe that December is already upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. I’m sure that Christmas planning is in full swing, so I will keep this month’s report short and sweet.



The AGM was held last month. With changes happening to the board it brings a touch as sadness, but also excitement for the new members and the coming year. It’s with a heave heart we say goodbye to Lindl Webster, Rosslyn Price, David Mas and Barbara Davis, as they step down from the board. It has been a pleasure to work with all of them and they did a wonderful job of representing the DRTA. I wish them all the best for their future adventures. I would like to welcome

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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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