In 2003 Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) established a national interest
group for 'Recreation Specialists in Disability/Specific Populations'. This
group aims to cater to those individuals involved or interested in leisure
and recreation in areas such as disability; rehabilitation; mental health;
community health and welfare; ageing; and populations with specific needs.
Parks and Leisure Australia has been very committed and enthusiastic to
support the needs of professionals in this sector and recently ran one-day
seminars in Melbourne and Sydney to a variety of professionals in the field.
In NSW we are seeking expressions of interest from those interested in being
part of a core group to facilitate future development/direction of the NSW
Division of PLA. We are keen for people from a variety of work and skill
backgrounds to be involved, to have their say and take on any role they feel
they can commit to - however great or small. We want to develop an effective
and positive organisation in this area of the recreation field - none of us
have time to waste! We aim to further develop services and support among the
many people involved in this sector of the recreation field by:
* Supporting, developing and discussing issues that are
particular to professionals' in this segment of the recreation industry.
* Assisting in the maintenance of professional networks
* Facilitating positive development and recognition of
the leisure profession
* Facilitating process planning to ensure progress of the
To get the ball rolling we have scheduled a brainstorming session on the 7th
This session will aim to:
* Identify/clarify the role of the Recreation Specialists in
* Disability/Specific Populations NSW division
* Identify strategies for its effective operation
* Identify key events/dates/aims
* Identify the core strengths of the division, available resources
and how these can be best utilised.
Our meeting details are as follows:
WHEN: Tuesday 21st October
AT: The University of Sydney
East Street Lidcombe
TIME: 12 – 2
WHERE: S Block rm: T206
In order to maximise attendance and ensure everyone has an opportunity to be
involved please distribute this information to others you feel may find it
Please confirm your attendance with either Kel or myself as soon as
Thanks for your interest and support.
We look forward to seeing you on the 21st.
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Occupation and Leisure Sciences
The University of Sydney
ph: +61 (2) 9351 9807
fax: +61 (2) 9351 9197
mob: 0417 692 070
Royal Rehabilitation Centre
59 Charles St
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