Regional Groups – Australia


'Art Therapists in Schools' practice group
Area: Brisbane
Contact: Kristy Thorburn
The purpose of this group is to bring together arts therapists who are actively practicing in the school environment. This group will address arts therapy practice issues specific to working in schools.


Sydney Area Arts Therapists – SAAT
Area: Sydney
Contact: Jo Sullivan
SaAT (Sydney area Arts Therapists) are largely a group of Art Therapists who meet together for professional development purposes. The group welcomes arts therapists to meet in Glebe monthly, on the alternating first Wed/Thurs nights of the month. This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, share ideas and increase our understanding of how we work. Each meeting is facilitated by a group member and themes vary from month to month. This is also a place to share writing and research, and members are encouraged to think about using the group for feedback and continued professional growth.
Where: St Helen's Community Centre, 184 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe (next to Glebe Library)
When: Second Wednesday of the month
Bring: own art materials
Cost: gold coin or $5 donation appreciated (for facilitator)
All participants receive a certificate of attendance, which can be used towards CPD requirement for ANZATA membership.
NECTA (Dramatherapy)
NECTA (Network for Exploring Creativity in Therapy through the Arts) Dramatherapy Special Interest Group
Area: Sydney
Contact: Joanna Jaaniste
Blue Mountains-Nepean Regional Group
Area: Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Lithgow
Contact: Tracy Allen
The Blue Mountains – Nepean ANZATA Regional Group welcomes Professional Members of ANZATA to meet on a 6 weekly – bimonthly basis in the Blue Mountains. This year, we have decided to divide our gatherings between Thursdays evenings and Sunday afternoon Studio sessions. The weekday meetings will include Peer Presentations, art responses to nominated readings, and guest presentations as well as some reflective practice art sessions. Our studio based sessions will primarily be an opportunity for: studio skill development, reflective practice sessions, and free art making time. All our sessions will be gathering at the beautiful venue: The Blue Labyrinth, 30 Park Road, Woodford. This year we are also working on a joint exhibition, “When words are Not Enough” , at The Braemar Gallery, Springwood, during Mental Health Week. The exhibition will be running from 11th October 2018 to 4th November 2018. Opening on Saturday 13th October 2018. We would love for you to visit.
When and Where:
All sessions will be held at: The Blue Labyrinth, 30 Park Road, Woodford.
Sunday 15th April 2018, 2pm-5pm
Thursday, 10th May 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
Sunday 16th June 2018, 2pm-5pm
Thursday, 26th July 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
Sunday 2nd September 2018, 2-5pm
Thursday 4th October, 6.30- 8.30pm
Saturday 1st December 2018, End of year gathering at venue and time to be confirmed.

Bring: own art materials
Cost: Annual fee of $30.
Note: Attendance can be used toward CPD requirements for ANZATA membership.

Please get in touch with our Secretary, Tracy Allen, if you wish to join us.

Northern Rivers Regional Group
Area: Northern Rivers NSW
Contact: Liz Dowling or 0421974703


ACT4 Arts Therapy
Area: Canberra
Su Hanfling
Kate Barker


Group of Registered Art Therapists – GRAT
Group of Registered Art Therapists
Area: Castlemaine and surrounds, Victoria
Contact: Natalya Garden-Thompson
At every GRAT meeting a member or guest speaker presents a topic/discussion on Arts Therapy. GRAT focuses on the theoretical side of Arts Therapy and further professional development for Arts Therapists. GRAT strives to create more public awareness around Arts Therapy. We meet four times a year. Meetings are usually held on a Sunday afternoon in Central Victoria. GRAT participation assists in meeting CPD (Continuing Professional Development) requirements necessary to continue registration with ANZATA, and also provides a solid support network for Arts Therapists.
Gippsland Creative Therapists Network
Area: Gippsland
Contact: Maya Fraser


WA Regional Group
Area: Perth and surrounding regions
Contact: Manuela Macri
WA Professional Arts Therapists are ‘Keeping in Touch’ with Western Australian registered members and colleagues by presenting professional development/social events each year at a nominal fee. Attendance certificates are provided. Invited guests from related fields are very welcome. Our aim is to bring successful presentations and workshops across a range of arts therapy practices to WA based ANZATA members.
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