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Renee Rizzo (Senior Diversional Therapist) Liverpool Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit

Working in a speciality clinical area brings about many challenges and rewards both professionally and personally. Being recognised by your peers as an expert and leader in your field gives one a great sense of accomplishment. Earlier this year I was invited to be one of 4 keynote speakers at the 2017 NSW Transitional Living Program Forum. 

The theme of the forum “Working with Clients with Challenging Behaviour: Learning – Sharing – Doing” enabled me to share my expertise as a Diversional Therapist and demonstrate the contribution leisure and recreation has towards supporting clients with

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I would like to share the link below for the Baby Buddies story and video on Now To Love – the Women’s Weekly online site.


If you are interested on starting a Baby Buddies Programme, please

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The 1st DTA workshop on the waves was a smooth sailing success. Once on board we were able to experience mental health learning and development and living out our leisure needs at its best. We became part of a new community with no fixed address, all out there on the high seas.

As we boarded our new home for the next eight nights, we were met with inspirational messages such as, “No stress beyond this point” something every hard working DT loves to hear. As well as “Pacific Eden, like no place on earth.” The next nine days did live up to those words. It was a truly stress free environment to both learn in and live in. Once boarded we were

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Members Articles - Feliz Navidad from NZ

2016 has been a year full of challenges but mostly achievements for the Selwyn Village DT Team.

Somehow we have managed to raise and shine within our very own Selwyn Universe, we have been able to finally showed many what we are here for (in a very positive way).

Not to many people really understands what Diversional Therapy is, and we know that we still have a long way to go, but we know that with your help and support we will make it.

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Members Articles - Heart Foundation Walking

If you’re looking for a program that provides a positive, cost effective intervention by keeping the heart, brain and body active, look no further than Heart Foundation Walking.

Heart Foundation Walking is a free program that can assist in getting your clients to participate in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

Diversional Therapists and their clients can enjoy participating in one of

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By Una Sandeman, Lifestyle Lead Anglicare Southern Qld Metro South Community


This is my personal experience with the introduction of My Aged Care and the Commonwealth Home Support Program.


The arrival of My Aged Care (MAC) and the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) in 2015 had everyone in the Aged Care industry waiting apprehensively for the 1st of July 2015 to arrive. This was going to be one of the biggest changes many in the industry would have seen since the introduction of HACC. It would also be the beginning of the changes to come over the next 4 years.


It was hard to know what to expect and having been in the industry for 26 years I decided that it is easier

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Review by Toni Salter, DTA member and President of Cultivate, the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW Inc.


Who’d have thought that watering your plants could help delay the onset of dementia!  A Japanese research study has shown that out of 5 different gardening tasks, watering your plants is the best thing that you can do.


Dementia prevention for the elderly is an urgent global problem to be solved. Gardening activities include various elements such as exercise, communication and use of cognitive function. The effects of gardening are experientially recognized as one of the

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In August both Louise Absalom and myself had a skype meeting with Krista Hamel-Smith who is the General Manager of the Caribbean kids and Family Therapy Organization (CKFTO) in Trinidad in the West Indies. 

From the CKFTO Website –

Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization (CKFTO) is a registered non-profit organisation formed in 2008 in Trinidad with a mission to provide therapy and support services to all children in need.

CKFTO specializes in

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Can Diversional Therapy save many people who are burdened with care for their family in Japan?


It was 1998 when I meet Diversional Therapy in Australia for the first time. Since then, I have dedicated myself to promoting Diversional Therapy in Japan as a method of Aged Care that supports people to “live happily and worthy of their own ways until the end of life”. How DT has brought fresh ideas into aged care in Japan and helped various aged care facilities to achieve good results. Just as recently as this May, we showcased the bright side of DT in Japan to DTA delegation that visited Japan.

However, in Japan, there are very sad facts. That is, the number of aged people who are

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Dear Participant,


My name is Jade Gilchrist I want to identify the changing trends in Diversional Therapy practice. Working over seventeen years in the Leisure & Lifestyle industry and have become increasingly aware of the generational shift in the care recipients we provide our service to.


The next generation that will be entering aged care are the Baby Boomers and the purpose of this study will be to understand what they expect in Aged Care and how we can as a professional body prepare for this. Your involvement will assist professionals like yourself and all those involved in the Leisure & Lifestyle industry to prepare for the care recipients of the future.

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