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“Navigating an Inspired Future”
See you in Sydney!

Latest news! The submission date for Call for Papers has been extended for another 2 weeks until the 20 June 2016. 

Now is the time to get those papers in! Look at the advantages – 15 DTA PD points for 30mins or more; less than 30 minutes – 8 points, plus you only pay the much reduced presenters rate of $399! Natalie White, a member from Mooroolbark, Vic was one of our first time presenters at last year’s conference. She can vouch for the benefits of presenting - although a little nervous before her talk she ended up with a job offer from her presentation! WOW!

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1. Conference 2016 Program Now Available

2. DTA Cruise Workshop Please follow this link to find out more

3. DTA National Award for Excellence to be presented at the cocktail party at DTA Conference in Sydney October 7th and 8th. There is still time to submit a project for consideration.

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2016 National Diversional Therapy Australia Conference

“Navigating an Inspired Future”

 2 days October 2016 (with preconference workshop day on day prior)

 

Conference Dates: 7th & 8th October 2016 (with preconference workshop day on day prior)

Venue: Mecure Sydney (near Central Station)

 

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2016 National Diversional Therapy Australia Conference

“Navigating an Inspired Future”

 

Conference Dates: 7th & 8th October 2016 (with preconference workshop day on day prior)

Venue: Mecure Sydney (near Central Station)

Stay tuned for more information soon.

Please see the links below for Call for papers and DTA Award for Excellence.

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Conference 2015
Conference 2015 provided delegates with a jam-packed 2 days of wonderful presenters, who shared their ideas and programs with us. The keynote speaker in Friday was Dr. Carmel Harrington, who spoke on “Sleep Well to be Well”. Daniella Greenwood, Saturdays keynote speaker, spoke on “Wellness through leisure into the future: Defining and celebrating the ‘why’”.

The highlight of the conference was the final presentation – 

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DTA Award for Excellence – 2015

The DTA Award for Excellence 2015 finalist were:
• Allison Ferguson (QLD) for “It’s just a change of address: Linking community and residential through leisure”
• Barbara Davis (TAS) for “My Journey” program
• Maria Watson (QLD) for DT Special Event: The Armchair Travel Programme

And the Winner… 

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Nominations are being sought by DTA from financial members for this award co-sponsored by the late Wendy Butler and B&S Books. The award will be awarded to the nomination that can demonstrate the most innovative leisure programme. 

The winner will receive a $250.00 B&S Books voucher.

Wendy Butler joined The Diversional Therapy Association of Australia in 1979 and over the years Wendy was a valued member of the Management Committee of the Association and was made a Life Member of the DTA-NSW in 2002. It was during her working years at the Anglican Retirement Villages, Castle Hill, NSW that Wendy began her highly successful and innovative friendship groups with Margaret Stephens. As a flow on from these groups the Never Too Old to Learn series was born. Wendy and Margaret spent many hours between 1986 and

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Conference Report 2015
So far we have achieved

• Location – Gold Coast QLD
• Date – 15th, 16th & 17th October 2015
• Theme – Wellness through Leisure

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Just a few more notes from Adelaide Conference
Feedback fact check!

When asked whether they would prefer a cocktail party or a dinner at conference, 61% said cocktail party preferred at conference

When asked if there was sufficient networking at the conference 95% said Yes!

Some of the feedback from evaluations:

"This was a fantastic conference. All speakers were great. I just loved the last session, a great way to finish the conference WELL DONE! ☺"

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2014 DTA Partners' Tour - Men on Buses

Submitted by Margie Kennard


The Magnificent Seven Plus One we could call them! Handsome or what!

Friday 19th saw another first – the first DTA Conference partners’ tour. A wonderful time was reported with most of those present vowing to return to the Conference in 2015 for another tour! The Adelaide Conference Committee organised a fun day out in the safe hands of volunteer driver, Brad Goodes (2nd from left). The official tour was for a viewing and lunch along the way doing the Historic Port Adelaide Hotels Tour…. We know there were deviations from the route but all enquiries were met with a firm “What happens on the bus – stays on the bus!” And so it should! Congratulations and thanks to organisers for a wonderful fun boy’s day out.

 

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