Throughout the years my understanding of disability has changed significantly and while the term “disability” encompasses so many different and diverse circumstances for people, it is usually encompassed by similar attitudes and resistance held by the wider community and I believe it stems from misconstrued thoughts of “being different is bad, being vulnerable is bad, and not being able to do something is bad.” How many of us feel that in a job or situation that if we get som
In times of significant change and market disruption people yearn for unbiased, impartial information and advice to make their decisions. Some people also need support to navigate a changing system that doesn’t always deliver on equity. There is no doubt in my mind that advocacy services must be resourced and delivered outside the care systems they are operating in. They need to be impartial – not just satisfied with being “at arm’s length”. Getting impartial advice can be di
Policy and funding reforms are impacting on services, systems and sectors. Ticking a box to comply to a set of standards is not enough. Linking concepts of quality and translating them into business systems and front line practice will give you the cutting edge, in what is set to be a highly competitive community support market. Quality, focussed on consistently safe and outcome driven service provision will be the focus of government, providers but most importantly customers
Remember the chaos and conspiracy theories of 1999. The Y2K bug was going to be catastrophic and people everywhere were planning and creating all sorts of scenarios. To be honest however, all I could think of was dancing to Prince – “we gonna party like it's 1999” and really getting excited to be there as the clock ticked into a new year and a new century. As we know it wasn’t disastrous. Our world did not change as we moved from 1999 to 2000 and life continued as it would
I tell you no lie. I was leading a strategic planning session and one hour later they were still going on about the label they would use to describe the people who they serve. “ I don’t like consumer”…. said one woman. My clients don’t “consume”. Another said…”customer is so commercial…the next thing we will be doing is selling personal care at a bargain price…” The conversation got heated (and long). Frankly, I was not surprised but I was getting bored. So I intervened… “ Wh
I am glad I chose Social Work and am privileged to have worked with so many people and their communities. I’ve worked in nursing homes, “group homes” for people with disability, youth detention centres, jails, hospitals, people’s homes and “the streets”. I did my work in Sydney, remote Indigenous communities, the USA, England and in Greece. There is no doubt my choice to work in social care has led me to meet people and experience things that have shaped my view of the world.
This time thirty two years ago, I just finished my HSC and was set to start my new job at Grosvenor Hospital in Summer Hill, Sydney. As a nearly 18 year old I got a job through a contact to work with children with disability. My job was to care for them in their residential care setting. My supervisor was Sister Winifred. It was nearly Christmas 1983 and a significant change in care and support was about to begin. The deinstitutionalisation of care was picking up pace and aft