Diversional Therapists research, coordinate and implement activities meant to rehabilitate or contribute to the wellbeing of clients. They especially work with individuals in aged care, those who have physical or mental disabilities, those who have suffered trauma or stress and individuals recovering from injury or illness.
- Starting salary: $50,000 P/A Senior salary: $75,000 P/A Average salary: $62,500 P/A Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer Employment level: 5,300 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 5,400)
Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Diversional Therapists is 39.3 hours
Employment by region:
The top three regions for employment as a Diversional Therapist include:
- VIC: 31.0%
- NSW: 29.6%
- QLD: 23.7%
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Employment for Diversional Therapists has risen at a rate of 15.7% over the past 5 years and is expected to grow slightly through to 2017.
Total employment growth over the past 5 years for male and female, employed part-time and full-time is 1,500
Gender (including full time and part time)
The percentage of males and females working full time and part time are:
- Male Full Time: 4.6%
- Male Part Time: 11.1%
- Female Full Time: 36.9%
- Female Part Time: 47.4%
Other relevant information
- Adjust activities and programmes based on client population and abilities.
- Conduct client evaluations to identify interests, needs and ability levels; update evaluations during and after activity programmes to understand impact and create new needs-assessment.
- Implement studies to determine effectiveness and satisfaction with programmes.
- Organise recreation and leisure activities to promote social engagement and psychological wellbeing.
- Refer clients and offer information on community resources available to them.
- Work with clients to create goals and encourage them to try new activities to support them in particular needs.
- Work with other staff and healthcare professionals to understand population and individual client conditions and recommend appropriate activities for them; educate staff and volunteers on programmes and benefits for clients.
- Excellent Organisational Skills
- Good Communication Skills
- Leadership and Motivational Skills
- Problem Solving Abilities
- Social Perceptiveness
Diversional Therapists may work in live-in care centres, offices, community centres and healthcare facilities. They may typically work Monday to Friday, but may need to work weekends or evenings to facilitate appropriate outings and activities for clients.
Professional associations / Industry information
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