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
The Sydney regional 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: Inner West Cultural Services, 35 Dickson St, Newtown
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 focus our gatherings on studio based sessions which will include opportunities for: reflective practice sessions, responses to readings, studio skill development; and free art making time. We are dividing our time between 2 different venues in the mid mountains. The Blue Labyrinth, Woodford and Wild Valley Art Park, Wentworth Falls. It is a great opportunity to connect and support each other in our continuing professional development.
When & Where:
Sunday 19th March 2017, 2pm-5pm, The Blue Labyrinth, Park Road, Woodford.
Sunday 30th April 2017, 2-5pm Wild Valley Art Park, Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls.
Sunday June 4th 2017, 2pm-5pm, The Blue Labyrinth, Park Road, Woodford.
Sunday August 6th 2017, 2-5pm Wild Valley Art Park, Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls.
Sunday September 17th 2017, 2pm-5pm, The Blue Labyrinth, Park Road, Woodford.
Sunday November 12th 2017, End of year gathering at venue to be decided.
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.


ACT4 Arts Therapy
Area: Canberra
Su Hanfling
Kate Barker


Albury Group
Area: Border NSW and Victoria
Contact: Lynette Callaghan
Melbourne Group
Area: Melbourne
Contact: Vicky Nicholls
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
The WA Regional Committee 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 continue bringing, to the WA membership, successful presentations and workshops across a range of arts therapy practices and ideas exampling art, dance, music, movement and drama therapies. Regular professional supervision sessions, at minimum cost, are currently being negotiated.
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