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Employment opportunities

Diversional Therapists work with clients of all ages in a range of health, community and leisure settings.
Employment areas and the scope of practice are continually expanding.
Employment areas include :
  • Rehabilitation & hospital units
  • Community Centres
  • Day and Respite services
  • Aged Care Residential Facilities
  • Ethnic Specific Services
  •  Palliative Care Units and Outreach Programmes
  • Mental Health Services
  • Specialist Organisations
  • Private Practice
  • Consultancy
  • Management

 The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper on 6 August 2000 reported that health and leisure [Diversional Therapy] will be strong employers in the 21st century.

 Stinson (1997) shows in a research study on different job prospects, that the employment outlook for qualified diversional therapists are excellent and that the prospects for new jobs are well above average.

The results from a research project undertaken by Burns (2000) indicated that there was a total of 75 job vacancy advertisements over a 14 week period for diversional therapists in one Sydney newspaper alone.

These positions covered the areas of:

  • Disability services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Youth work
  • Local councils
  • Respite centres
  • Outdoor recreation and camps
  • Mental health
  • Hospital based
  • Holiday programmes
  • Health promotion
  • and Correctional centres
   Stinson R (1997) Job prospects Australia.
North Sydney: New Hobson Press
   Burns A (2000) Employment opportunuties for leisure and health graduates.
     Sydney University: Unpublished