President Piece – 2 April 2015

Hello all,

This month we acknowledge the Anzac Centenary. This is a significant commemoration and a time to honour and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform – past and present. For many DT’s this meaningful event forms part of their scheduled programming. An important legacy resulting from the Anzac Centenary national programme is the Spirit of Anzac Centenary experience – a National travelling exhibition which is free to attend. All the details are on the Anzac Centenary website, I encourage you to visit this site; it is of value to each of us personally and also has the capacity to support your Anzac planning.

The DTA Board, Executive Officer, and Office continue to work on the Wellness through Leisure campaign. This month sees the launch of the DTA trade directory. A brilliant resource, this directory will quickly build to a one-stop-shop for all your DT resource needs. Take the time to check it out and please let the office know if there are areas you would like to see filled, or if you have a resource which could be included.

The Board and Office are always looking to meet the needs of members, and we have listened to your feedback. The DTA website has a new refreshed look, and in responding to you, have included even more resources. Log in to the members area to check this out!

For some time, Diversional Therapists have discussed being part of the private allied health services. In order to be part of this process, there is a process which must be followed in applying for a Medicare provider number. DTA is keen to hear from anyone who is looking to the future and to private practice; the Board and Executive Officer have begun developing resources to support members along this pathway, but we need a group in interested members to drive the process.

DT week is held in May each year. Start planning now so that you can present your role and your chosen field to your fellow employees, your direct line managers or senior staff, your clients or potential clients or to your community. The DTA website has resources to support you in this. Too often the Board hears negative comments from member on how their role is not recognised and supported – this is your opportunity to make a change! Write up a short piece after DT week and submit to the newsletter – this is a great way to share how you have celebrated DT week!


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