Chinese dignitaries visit Gold Coast disability service
Monday, 20 August 2012 16:30


Edmund-and-Chinese-delegateA consortium of Chinese dignitaries visited Gold Coast's Trinity Disability Support Service this week to gain insight into the disability sector in Australia.

Edmund-and-Chinese-300The group has also visited a number of organisations in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland for educational purposes.

The 17 representatives from China comprised directors, deputy director generals, chief executives and directors of human resources and social security from various organisations and provinces.

The open forum discussion held at Trinity was presented by Trinity Service Manager Edmund McMahon and included a question and answer session guided by a translator.

The two h  our presentation covered topics such as how disability services operated in Queensland, Trinity's contribution to the Gold Coast community and the positive impact it had on the lives of people with an intellectual disability.

Trinity Disability Support Service Manager Edmund McMahon said he was delighted to talk to the delegates about an industry he felt passionate about while gaining invaluable insight into how disability services operate in China.

Edmund told the visitors the first aid training one client received through Trinity enabled her to help someone having a heart attack when she called the ambulance and ultimately saved a life.

"We are nimble, creative and proactive in helping our clients contribute to our community through employment, volunteer work, fulfilling their goals and leisure pursuits," he said.

"We use our imagination to help our clients.

"We can't create an astronaut but we can take our clients to the planetarium so they can learn about the solar system.

"Our clients learn life skills such as cooking, money handling and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)."

Edmund said the clients, who live with a mild to moderate intellectual disability, are making a valuable contribution to the wider community.

"Our clients are making a difference to people's lives through their volunteer work," he said.

"Their volunteering gives them a sense of responsibility, a feeling of inclusion and camaraderie allowing for the development of a greater purpose in life.

"People really appreciate their individual contributions and the fact they give up their time freely to help others."

The travelling consortium's visit was co-ordinated by Get Media, an online information sharing community that has hosted more than 20 similar international forums in the past year.