Welcome to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australasia. It sets the standards for Professional and Provisional Professional levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also warmly welcomes General and Student members.

The DTAA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the dance movement therapy profession in Australasia by:

  • establishing and maintaining standards for training, research and professional practice
  • providing a means of communication, education and networking between dance movement therapists, other health professionals, employers and clients
  • liaising with other relevant peak and professional bodies
  • providing information and resources for dance movement therapy practitioners, students and the wider community
  • offering Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Associate, Student or Overseas membership to others interested in dance movement therapy.

Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.


Australian Award for our previous President

DTAA is very proud of Dr Kim Dunphy OAM who received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in dance movement therapy. Well done Kim!
More information on the ABC website.



DTAA recognises, acknowledges and respects the ancestors, elders and families of all Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we stand and practice.





NEW -Working Online: Resources for DM therapists during 2020

Colleagues, we are excited to be working with you during this challenging global time as we forge new dance movement therapy pathways in a ‘socially distanced’ world. Your work as practitioners is invaluable, and we are collating resources here to help support you in your work.


Upcoming Events: More information for all of these here

Research Forum: Wednesday 26 August, 5.30- 6.30 pm, AEST, 7.30-8.30 pm NZ.

DTAA members are encouraged to join what is a friendly, energised, ‘book-club’ style experience, engaging participants with research in an open, inclusive, and yet rigorous manner. Research articles will cover a wide range of topics and include studies from the broad range of research traditions.

The forum this month focusses on a new article published in Moving On by Tessa Hens and Kim Dunphy: Planning a dance movement therapy program for participants with intellectual disability: considering National Disability Insurance Scheme, host agency and dance movement therapy priorities.

The article is relevant for all dance movement therapists across Australasia because it supports practitioners to consider how they can align the potential offering of DMT and funding requirements of various agencies.

Further information here.

Resources on the website:

Annual Report 2018-2019 now available here.

Webinar: DTAA’s Competency Standards for Dance Movement Therapy: what are they are, and what do they mean for our profession? 

A recording of this event now available on the Competencies Standards page.

DTAA NDIS resources webinar – now available on-line

Learn more about new DTAA NDIS materials and how they might be used to advance employment options and capability here.  Hosted by President Kim Dunphy and presented by consultant and Prov Prof member Tessa Hens.