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Since last report, I have been in contact with Dr Jerome Singleton who has recently been appointed on the NCTRC Board in the US/Canada.  NCTRC is the credentialing body that oversees the ATRA members and Recreation Therapists in the US and Internationally. He is also a member 

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As many of us are aware, client’s families are needing more help to keep their older family members at home, and more importantly engaged in meaningful activities. At present, Diversional Therapy for older clients is mainly provided within residential aged care facilities and day centres. In-home Diversional Therapy is relatively new, and is a client centred practice. The benefits of in-home therapy are many. Firstly, when clients are visited in their own home, their safety factor is increased, and they are comfortable engaging in activities. This is particularly relevant and convenient for clients with dementia, who may not want to leave their home to attend a day centre. Secondly, the activities delivered can tap into the client’s existing interests and hobbies, which may already be undertaken in the home. Thirdly, meaningful activities of daily living, such as food preparation and household tasks, can be incorporated into a Diversional Therapy activities program. 

Therapy may include activities such as:

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After a fantastic inaugural Workshop on the Waves cruise in 2017, I was back for “Take 2”. The 2nd DRTA Workshop on the Waves heading to the islands of the south pacific.

However, this time I was sadly setting sail, without my work colleague and sailing partner, Captain Carima. This was due to a last-minute illness she was recovering from. So, like the words in the 1987 Whitesnake song “Here I go again on my own”. Well not quite on my own, I was able to get my

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Workshop on the Waves 2019  - Yasmin Pringle
On the 2nd of February 2019 and for the second time, I attended Workshop on the Waves. What another amazing 7 days! We left Brisbane on the Pacific Dawn and sailed to Noumea, Lifou and New Caledonia.

On the first afternoon, we all got to sit around the table introducing ourselves over a glass of wine (or two), talk about where we work and why we all wanted to attend the cruise. I loved listening to everyone and found it very inspiring and motivating to see the love everyone has for their

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It looks like there will be quite an International flavour at the Melbourne Conference this year.  After sending out the 2018 DRTA Conference flyer to some of our international contacts, Anne Richard, the Executive Director of NCTRC which is the National...

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International Care Home Open Day- Sylvie Silver at NAPA.

This year’s Care Home Open Day will be Saturday 21st April 2018 and will coincide with the Queen’s Birthday and International Care Home Open Day

What is it? It is an opportunity to open the doors of your care home and invite the local community to come and see how good life can be when you live in a care home.

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 DRTA International Liaison Report March 2018

Sylvie Silver, from NAPA in the UK has kindly submitted an article for our next newsletter.  The article is about the annual Care Home open days that are held 

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At the end of January, Colleen Knudson the International Contacts person from NAAP in the US joined me on a Skype call to Sylvie Silver in the UK.

Sylvie Silver is the National Activities providers Executive Director.  She moved from working in aged care, where she realised a need to provide meaningful activities to elderly people, was missing, to the Registered Charity that is NAPA.

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Check out this great link from the ABC on how a Silent Disco is supporting Aged Care Residents!  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-25/silent-di...

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Katja Jefferys has kindly forwarded a weblink for this month which is quite interesting and could be useful in your work with clients.

Arts on Prescription uses participatory arts programs, alongside traditional health care, to help older people improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Creating art has a

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