Governance and operations

The DTAA was established as an incorporated association registered in Victoria in 1994, but became a nationally registered registrable body in Australia in May 2019.

The organisation operates across Australasia, with Professional Members in each state and territory of Australia, New Zealand and some Asian countries.  We also have general members in other countries including Europe and the Americas. In 2019, there are approximately 190 members, 70 of whom are recognised by the Association as dance movement therapists, having achieved Professional or Provisional level membership status.


The DTAA is managed by member volunteers, supported by a part-time Administrator, Laura Houley.

Laura’s background in administration is predominantly in supporting multidisciplinary allied health teams both in the community and within a busy private practice. She is passionate about clear and effective processes that release professionals to focus their expertise where it is most needed. With all the valuable work both the DTAA community and our members are doing, Laura is committed to keeping administrative tasks efficient, and resources available. Laura is also a provisional professional member of the DTAA and brings her passion for seeing Dance Movement Therapy go forward in Australasia to her role.

Laura works 1 day a week for the DTAA with hours spread across the week in an attempt to ensure a quick response to all enquiries.


Phone: 0419 531 218


Since its incorporation in 1994, the DTAA has been led by a Committee of Management of practitioners led by a President. The management group became a Board on adoption of a constitution at the AGM in 2018.

Presidents of the DTAA:

Kim Dunphy (2015- )
Jane Guthrie (2007-2015)
Denis Kelynack (2001-2006)
Karen Bond (1998-2000)
Naomi Aitchison (1997)
Hanny Exiner (1996)
Heather Hill (1994-1995)

The President is supported by an Executive Committee and a range of committees.


DTAA’s first constitution, replacing the original model rules, was adopted at the AGM on 28 October 2018.

By-laws documents available here

Annual Report

Annual Reports are available here: 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016.

Annual General Meeting

AGM 2018 Draft Minutes
AGM 2017 Minutes
AGM 2016 Minutes