Therapeutic Recreation in Australia


  • Nicole Peel UWS
  • Darren Robinson



Australia, diversional therapy, therapeutic recreation


Therapeutic recreation is an emerging profession in Australia. The terminology used in Australia has more commonly been diversional therapy. However, therapeutic recreation and diversional therapy are now being used in differing contexts, with therapeutic recreation evolving from diversional therapy. This article overviews briefly the history of therapeutic recreation, clientele and settings, professional associations, higher education, and future challenges.

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Author Biography

Nicole Peel, UWS

Nicole Peel is an Associate Lecturer in Therapeutic Recreation within the Faculty of Science and Health. With over two decades of professional experience working predominately with marginalised or vulnerable communities, Nicole has been involved in projects funded to work in partnership with other Universities, NSW Department of Education and Non-Government Organisations. She has an enthusiasm for developing and implementing service models that effectively engage and provide support to independent living for individuals and their families.

AND Darren's Bio Statement

Cert IV Diversional Therapy, Lifestyle Coordinator, 8 years. Current House Leader and Diversional Therapist, Barunga Village Aged Care, Port Broughton, South Australia.

3.5 years DRTA Board Member, Current South Australian State Representative and International Liaison Projects Team Leader.






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