Consider a Career as a Diversional Therapist

Many students who are considering study one of our qualifications in leisure and health already work in or want to work as a Diversional Therapist or a related role such as:

  • Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Activities Coordinator

These job titles are used interchangeably in different workplaces in the aged care and disability sectors. To keep things simple, we will just use the term, Diversional Therapist, for the remainder of this article.

What is a Diversional Therapist?

A person in one of these roles supports people to live full lives by planning, designing, coordinating and implement leisure, health and recreation activities and programs.

Typically, these activities and programs are designed for people who are ageing, have a disability or another reason, such as illness, for requiring additional support.

The programs are designed to support and enhance people’s physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health and wellbeing.

What does a Diversional Therapist do?

Customised Training Leisure Health Qualification Diversional Therapist

Here are some typical job responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement leisure activities and programs
  • Identify individual and group needs for social development and wellbeing
  • Evaluate people’s needs, strengths, weaknesses and abilities
  • Keep up to date with resources available within the organisation’s facility and the wider community
  • Organise leisure and recreation events
  • Train other staff and volunteers
  • Encourage people to participate in the arranged events and programs
  • Adapting programs or activities to suit a client’s individual needs, abilities and interests

Where does a Diversional Therapist work?

  • Aged care residential facilities
  • Disability support services
  • Palliative care services
  • Mental health facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Other similar workplaces in the community services sector

What about the expected wages and employment prospects for a Diversional Therapist?

The government website, Job Outlook, is excellent for providing this information. Here is a snapshot:

Customised Training Diversional Therapist Wages Job Prospects Leisure Health

Where can I find out more?

Victorian Skills Gateway

Job Outlook

Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia

What qualifications are related to a career as a Diversional Therapist?

If you are considering a career in this field, you may be interested in studying CHC43415 – Certificate IV in Leisure and Health or CHC53415 – Diploma of Leisure of Health.

Our Course Advisors can help you decide if one of these qualifications would be right for you and your career needs. They can also provide information about the cost of these qualifications, available study modes and availability of government funding.

Contact a Course Advisor today by enquiring on this website, emailing or phoning 1300 275 282.