President Piece – 4 June 2014

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Hello Members,How exciting is this new format? I know I really love reading this new version of the newsletter. I would like to formally thank Office Manager, Margie, and Newsletter Editor, Emma for all the hard work they have put in over the last few months in moving DTA forward into the electronic age! 

Remember the feeling when you clean out the cupboards in the kitchen, or when you tidy bedroom storage areas? Well, this month has been like that at DTA. Still a lot of hard work, but more involved with things that people don’t ordinarily see. It has been a time of planning, checking, and review of where DTA is sitting, and what the Board needs to do to keep momentum. These are activities which any Board must engage in, and are the underpinning strengths of the Board, but are tasks which are often unnoticed by members. 

For example, DTA are reviewing the adoption of an Executive Officer role. This has come about largely from our association with Allied Health Professionals Australia, and in observing how the individual members of that association are represented, and how their organisations are developed and moving forward. However, this is a significant decision for DTA, and it is important that the Board first have a strong appreciation of what that role might look like for DTA and how the Board would measure the success of the role. In order to do this, a working party has been established, which will put together recommendations for the full Board to consider.  

The Conference Committee continue in fine-tuning this event. This year’s conference is shaping up to be a real beauty! As always, the conference is a time when you can develop or maintain established relationships with DT’s from across Australia. This year we are expecting fellow DT’s from both Japan and New Zealand. There is much we can learn from these international engagements; attendance numbers are limited, so I would implore you to get in early in confirming your attendance.  

DTA Education Officer, Stephania has been hard at work in planning some fantastic workshops across the country. This year Steph has included a regional focus to the workshop planning, in offering for regional and rural members the same fantastic opportunities as their city counterparts. This initiative has been as a direct result of listening to what you have said you want, so watch out for a workshop near you!

Have you liked the DTA Facebook page yet? This is another great way of keeping in touch with what is going on in the industry and in retaining currency. Vice President 2, Kate Rogers, and Secretary, Renee Dunne continue to do a fantastic job as administrators of the DTA Facebook page. There are always great items of interest, so, while you are checking out the DTA website, go ahead, and have a look at the DTA Facebook page and what is happening in your industry. DTA also has a presence on LinkedIn – another brilliant way to keep in touch with DT’s not only in Australia, but overseas as well. These are all great initiatives and it is important that DTA continue to maintain a presence within social media options. Thankyou to all who initiate and maintain these options.
Louise Absalom
President DTA

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