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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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Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of Diversional and Recreation Therapy Australia (DRTA) to be held on Tuesday 21st November 2017

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Recently I attended the DRTA National Conference in Brisbane.  It was a fantastic conference at a wonderful venue, the Royal on the Park Hotel.  As part of my role as the International Liaison Projects Team leader, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow DT’s from other countries.

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FUNDING OF UP TO $8,000 FOR HEALTH SECTOR WOMEN AVAILABLE

Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved earlier in the year, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s health sector. 

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Member Article: Snakes on a Bus! (And lizards)

Residents from Deakin Unit at Arcare North Lakes bordered the bus for a trip to see some “animals”. The residents were asked what they thought about reptiles. Some residents said they were ok and others said they are not for me! 

Once on the bus we headed to Deception Bay to Leeann’s (staff) house. Here we were welcomed by her daughter, grandson and a friend. Kyra brought out the first visitor, a bearded dragon. She gave us a little explanation about the lizard and what it likes to eat. Residents were invited to

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Hi Members, 
National Newsletter Editor’s Winter Competition
With the cold of winter setting in we now get our creative thinking caps on in regards to our programs if we cannot get our clients out as much so between now and the 15th August 2017 I will challenge you to come up with the best winter activity and submit it to be in the running for a mystery winter prize. All submissions must be in by 3pm on the 15th August via the office and attention to Newsletter Editor. Goodluck!

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