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  • 1. Diversional Therapy AustraliaNational Conference 2013Key Note SpeakersDr Leon EarleHighly respected educator, gerontologist and socialanalyst, both locally and internationally.Dave BellInternational Award-Winning Author, Lifestylepresenter, and Garden Designer.17th & 18th May 2013NovotelSydney Olympic ParkOlympic BoulevardSydney Olympic Park NSWLight YourImaginationand ImproveYour ProfessionalPractice
  • 2. Conference 2013 - ProgramFriday 17th May 20139.00am: Welcome & OpeningDTA Chair9.15am: Keynote PaperImagination enhancement, Lifestyle advancementDr Leon Earle, PhD (Social Gerontology), MA (Social Psychology), M.Ed., BA, Dip.T (Prim), Dip. Speech & Drama (Secondary), Cert IV in Training & AssessmentIn times of funding decline too often we find that the community professions are on the line. A challenge before all Diversional Therapists is to be moreinnovative through becoming more imaginative in the quest to advance our productivity and in the process, light up people’s lives.10.15am: Leisure biteOvercoming Workplace ChallengesSue Tripney, B.Social Science Recreation and Tourism, B. Health Science Gerontology, Dip.Diversional TherapyOne of the most important concepts I instil in our clients is the value leisure plays in enhancing quality of life and wellbeing. Are we taking our own advice,are we partaking in quality leisure?10.30am: Morning TeaConcurrent Session stream 111.00am: Leisure Chat: A joint Recreational Therapy and Speech PathologyInitiativeSuzanne Stacey & Alison McCarthySuzanne holds B. Applied Science (Leisure & Health). Alison has B. AppliedScience (Speech Pathology).‘Leisure Chat’, a joint speech pathology and recreational therapy groupwas developed to maximize functional outcomes for clients focusing oncommunication and leisure. Leisure Chat is a small group where clients withcommunication goals are encouraged to interact on a social, conversationallevel within leisure activities.11.45am: Humanising Aged Care TransitionsJudy Warren and Georgie LandauJudy is a trained Bereavement Counsellor and Georgie is a corporate lawyerand urban planner.Potential is not a word used in association with Aged Care.This presentationfocuses on the potential for elderly people to remember, be active, enjoypeople around them, and make decisions about their life.12.30pm: Lunch1.45pm: Interactive diversional activities for residential older adults:BrainTrainer PlusHendrick Jan van Katwijk and Katja JeffreysKatja has Cert IV Comm Services (Lifestyle & Leisure), Cert IV Training &Assessment.There is increasing evidence for the ability of games to enhance cognitionin older adults (e.g., Basak et al., 2008; Herzog et al., 2008; Van Muijdenet al., 2012).BTP™ presents a concept in memory fitness amongst seniors.2.45pm: Afternoon Tea3.15pm: Light Bulb MomentsStephania BejmaDip Leisure & Health, Cert IV Life & Business Coaching, Dip Yoga Studies.When a message or thought comes to mind and it makes everything clear, so clear that it is just like a light being turned on in a dark room exposingboth the questions and the answers, this is what is called a Light Bulb Moment. Stephania will take us through these stages providing Light BulbMoments and revelations in our own learning processes and how with this knowledge we can change and assist others in our professional practice.4.30pm: CLOSEConcurrent Session stream 211.00am: Design – Deliver – Debrief: The use of social andtherapeutic horticulture with mental health clientsVirginia FieldMa Public Health, Dip Project ManagementSince December 2010, the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW hasbeen working with a private clinic to deliver a social and therapeutichorticulture program to the clients who attend the facility on a shortterm residential basis. The programs are founded – (or grounded) in therelationship between people and plants and use a behavioural model toidentify areas of change or progress for monitoring and assessment.11.45am: Light your imagination and improve your professionalpractice: Beyond 3D to 7DT Dr Alf ColvinDip Phys. Ed. BA (Hons), PhD.Is light a refraction or a reality in terms of the people and paths itreaches and meets in daily life? ..… we need to see the horizon andbe touched by the professional perspectives of other professions andour own and give the lighthouse impact to our creative professionand the community.12.30pm: Lunch1.45pm: Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and Even Just Breathing:Improving Everyone’s Quality of LifeSharon EllisonOur visions of yoga, tai chi and meditation may include impossiblyintricate positions; adherents “dancing” early in the morning in apark or of orange-clad monks. However, once considered unusualand exotic, if we allow these eastern disciplines to become part ofour life, as well as part of our residents’ or community’s lives, thebenefits are immense.Opening Speaker Day 1 Friday 17th May 2013Dr Leon EarleDr Leon Earle, highly respected educator, gerontologist andsocial analyst, has provided policy advice to governments andorganisations around the world receiving awards for his programs,scholarship and professional addresses in Australia, New Zealand,North America and Asia. He was Australian of the Year finalist in2012 (Local Hero Category) and named the SA winner.Dr Earle’s reputation as an innovative thinker, communicatorand facilitator of lifelong learning and authorship (9 books)give credit to his ability to translate concepts and ideas intopractical understandings and applications for those of allages in the various community professions. Dr Earle’sinnovative work on sheds as restoration centres led tohim being a recipient of Life Membership of DTAOpening Speaker Day 2 Saturday 18th May 2013Dave BellDave Bell, international award-winning author, lifestyle presenterand garden designer has always been interested in aged care and insupporting and making the lives of those in care as rich and meaningfulas possible. Dave started out as a volunteer in social and music leisureprograms, and it was inevitable that after completing his BSc (Biology/Psychology) he would return to work in the area that he loves.Dave has been successfully presenting lifestyle programs for bothlow and high care residents, always refining his style to more fullyengage residents with image, touch, music....and humour. By using acombination of visual beauty, engaging personal story, music, touch andsurprise (around the theme of gardens), he has built a reputation fordelivering truly engaging presentations.Conference Keynote Speakers
  • 3. Saturday 18th May 20139.00am: WelcomeDTA Chair9.10am: Keynote speakerLight Your ImaginationDavid Bell10.15am: Leisure BiteCognitive Remediation – a computer program to reduce cognitive deficitsStephanie GerstnerB. & Ma Rehabilitation Science, Dortmund, GermanyConsumers living with a mental illness can experience profound and disabling deficits. Moreso than positive and negative symptoms, cognitive deficits impair daily functioning and cancontribute to further impairments. The Cognitive Remediation Program is a computer basedprogram offering exercises with the aim to improve attention, memory, language and/or executivefunctions.10.30am: Morning TeaConcurrent Sessions stream 111.00am: Sustainable GardeningToni SalterBEc, Adv Cert of Urban Horticulture, Cert IVAssessment & Workplace Training, Cert IVLeisure & HealthGardens at aged care centres give a reason andpurpose behind sustainable gardening techniquesand a chance to reflect on past practices duringearlier home life. This presentation encouragesDTs to broaden their range of activities, helpaddress environmental concerns and suggestideas for cost effective activity programming11.45am: Diverting the Diversional Therapist Rachel WhiteCert IV Comm Services Lifestyle & Leisure, DipLeisure & Health; Cert IV AromatherapyAs Diversional Therapists we promote qualityleisure experiences in whichever form theypresent themselves, creating important memoriesand experiences not just filling in time. Despiteall that we do as professionals….. What aboutourselves? In this paper I wish to discuss andencourage DTs to “Practice what they Preach”12.30pm: Lunch1.45pm Cultural activities in action!Jessica HortonCert IV Leisure and Health, current student B.Health Science (Leisure & Health)Australia is culturally very diverse. For residentsand clients in aged care and other health servicesacknowledgement and celebration of a person’sculture is important. This practical session willconsist of hands-on craft activities relating to twocultures: Chinese and Italian.2.45pm: Afternoon Tea3.15pm: Leisure BiteThe Angel MomentChristopher GradyCert IV Comm Services (Lifestyle & Leisure)Promoting self-esteem, pleasure and comfort - the angel moment transforms the person, bringing outtheir inner soul. It keeps you in the moment and makes that moment special3.30pm: Panel DiscussionDTA Board and industry professionals Q & AYou ask the questions of Your DTA! Let’s all hear the answers to the important questions on yourmind.4.15pm: Diversional Therapy AustraliaThe next 12 months - DTA Board Members4:30pm: CLOSEConcurrent Session stream 211.00am: Life in a QuiltTracey BeckDip Health Science - Leisure & HealthThe ‘Life in a Quilt’ project emerged from anobserved need for patients who experienceisolation and loneliness due to memoryimpairment and difficulties in communicatingtheir needs, to be able to share a little bit moreabout themselves and the unique things thathave shaped their lives.11.45am: Clinical Supervision a tool foreveryone’s kit!Michelle BlairB.Applied Science- Therapeutic RecreationThe Justice Health clinical supervisionprogram has been established from ‘The RoleDevelopment Model’, an approach emergingfrom theoretical frameworks groundedin mental health.. The program teachesclinicians to become clinical supervisors with arepertoire of tools to use during a supervisionsession.12.30pm: Lunch1.45pm Socialize not segregation forconversation Glenda KublerAssoc Degree Social Science Aged CareResearch into communication shows 55%of a message is conveyed in body language38% by the tone and pitch used and only 7%by the actual words (Mehrabin 2007). Thispresentation will provide the tools and skills tomaintain and practise the art of conversationto maintain and improve communication forthose with dementia and in care.Light Your Imaginationand Improve YourProfessional PracticeDiversional Therapy Australia’s nationalconference is the pivotal educational eventfor the profession, open to all diversionaltherapists, recreation therapists, leisuretherapists, activity officers, DT assistants,academics, researchers, students andthose interested in the professionalpractice of diversional therapy. Theconference will provide an opportunityto showcase best practice, updateknowledge and skills, network withyour peers from across Australia andreinvigorate your professional life.Sydney Olympic Park, originally part ofHomebush Bay, was transformed froman industrial wasteland into the premiersite of the 2000 Olympic Games inSydney. Its continued development hasseen it home to many sporting, artsand cultural events, making it a perfectbackdrop for the Diversional TherapyAustralia National Conference. Novotelat Sydney Olympic Park is centrallylocated in the geographical heart ofSydney. Surrounded by 640 hectaresof parklands, it offers a great outdoorand leisure experience. It is situatedonly 14km from the Sydney CBD, 20kmfrom Sydney Airport and 8km fromParramatta.With the theme “Light Your Imaginationand Improve Your Professional Practice”local, interstate and internationalspeakers have been selected to presentpapers on contemporary professionalissues for both the practitioner and theprofession. A selection of innovativeprogramme ideas will offer something toLight the Imagination and Improve theProfessional Practice of all delegates!Following on from last year’s successfulpre-conference workshop programme,this year there will be two full dayworkshops, run concurrently, on theday before Conference, Thursday 16thMay 2013. These will be available forregistration by conference attendees.During the conference there will be aTrade Exhibition with a range of exhibitorsfrom around the country providing theopportunity for delegates to find new andinnovative resources or perhaps evenpick up an old favourite directly fromthe supplier. Please note there will be notrade exhibition during the pre-conferenceworkshop.
  • 4. How to get to NovotelSydney Olympic ParkSydney Olympic Park is the geographical centre ofSydney, only 25 minute drive from the CBD and airport,and close to many Sydney shopping centres includingParramatta Westfield, Burwood Westfield, MacquarieCentre and DFO (Direct Factory Outlet).Public transport, train, bus and ferry, is within walkingdistance of the hotel, providing great links to make themost of your Sydney stay. For something different, headdown to Olympic Park Wharf and catch the SydneyFerries Rivercat into the CBD. From there you can catchanother ferry to Manly or Taronga Zoo, or simply explorethe historic Rocks and CBD shops.Conference Venue DetailsThe Novotel hotel is in the heart of the Sydney OlympicPark precinct, surrounded by 640 hectares of parklandswith over 35 kilometres of walking tracks. Enjoy yourSydney accommodation and relax at the SydneyOlympic Park Aquatic Centre pool and gym, unwindat the Golf Centre’s driving range or putt-putt course,book a court at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre,try the Monster Skate Park, hire a bike to explore theparklands, try Archery or Trapeze, relive your favouritesporting memories with an ANZ Stadium tour or just sitback and relax.Accommodation Options (suggestions only):Novotel Sydney Olympic ParkAddress: Olympic BoulevardPhone: 02 8761 1111 Fax: 02 8761 1211Website: Ibis (next door to Novotel)Address: Olympic BoulevardPhone: 02 8762 1111 Fax: 02 8762 1211Website: www.ibishotel.comIbis Budget Hotel (Formerly known as Formule 1)Address: Edwin Flack AvePhone: 02 9648 3862 Fax: 02 9648 0427Website: 6 Edwin Flack AvePhone: 02 9033 2000 Fax: 02 9033 2199Website: Services – Bus Services – Olympic Boulevard Bus Stopis 0.1 km from the Novotel Hotel. Call 131500 or go – Taxis are located outside the main entrance to the NovotelHotelTrains - From the Sydney Olympic Park railway platform takethe southern exit. The Novotel Hotel is located beside the trainstation. Olympic Park services operate every 10-20 minutesbetween Lidcombe and Olympic Park stations on weekdays, andevery 10 minutes on weekends. There are also direct services toOlympic Park Station from Central Station. Call 131500 or go Car -From the city take the City West Link. Turn right ontoParramatta Road. Follow the signs to Sydney Olympic Park.Turn right onto Underwood Road. Go through the roundaboutand continue onto Australia Avenue. Turn left onto Herb ElliotAvenue. The hotel is on the corner of Herb Elliot Avenue andOlympic BoulevardParking - An hourly charge of $5.00 per car applies to theNovotel Hotel car park with a maximum daily charge of $25.00.Space is strictly limited and cannot be guaranteed for alldelegatesAdditional car parking is available in P6H directly opposite theentrance to the Hotel. Hourly charges of $4.00 per car to amaximum day rate of $20 – note this is a coin operated facility.Important - Conditions of RegistrationThe following is a condition of your registration for this event: To the extent permissible atlaw (and no attempt is made to exclude or limit liability imposed by statute, such as the TradePractices Act, which cannot be excluded or limited), Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA)excludes liability for and you agree to release DTA from all loss damage and injury suffered byyou as a result of:• the negligence, occupier’s liability or other tort of DTA and any third party involved instaging the convention, including but not limited to the owner or operator of the venue,• caterers, sponsors, speakers exhibitors and providers of accommodation• any changes to the format, timing or content of the conference or the identity of anyspeaker;• any utterance of any speaker or delegate at the conference, including any defamatoryutterance; and• cancellation of the conference due to circumstances beyond the control of DTA.You acknowledge and agree that the owner or operator of the venue, caterers, sponsors,speakers exhibitors and providers of accommodation and other third parties whoare involved in staging the conference are not the agent of DTA and DTA will not bevicariously liable for their acts and omissions. Also, while DTA is proud to have the tradeexhibitors, the fact of their presence at the conference may not be interpreted as anendorsement of or assertion of affiliation or sponsorship with the exhibitors by DTA.You acknowledge and agree that information provided in this brochure (includingbut not limited to information concerning possible accommodation) is provided forconvenience and information only and you will make your own enquiries as to thesuitability and cost of such things. DTA may make changes to the format, timing orcontent of the conference or the identity of any speaker without notice. DTA will makereasonable endeavours to provide suitable replacements if speakers cannot attend,but will not be liable in that event.CANCELLATION POLICY To be eligible for a 75% refund, cancellations must besubmitted in writing prior to 4th May 2013. No refund will be made for cancellationsafter this date. If a delegate is unable to attend due to work or personalcircumstances, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place, please notify theDTA of the change ASAP to ensure all documents have correct names on