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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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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.

http://www.nowtolove.co.nz/parenting/family/meet-the-mums-bringing-joy-to-the-live-of-elderly-kiwis-31941  

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
Hello,



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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