Disability Council meets with delegation from Guangxi Province, China
On Monday 25th of June 2012, representatives of the Disability Council NSW met with delegates from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in a meeting organised through Australia China Business Council NSW.
Council members Paul Raciborski, Unis Goh and Carmel Flavell, and secretariat staff Diana Qian and Roxana Knittel met for an hour with 7 delegates and translator, led by Ms.Tan Heping, Director-General of Guangxi Disabled Persons’ Federation.
The meeting was organised for the purpose of holding a discussion on the disability care system in NSW and for the delegation to obtain an overview of the Disability Council NSW.
The delegation was interested firstly in the role of Council – Paul explained the role of Council is an advisory body to the Minister of Disability Services, Andrew Constance.
Council members Carmel, Paul and Unis introduced themselves and explained briefly their personal motivation for being on Council.
The delegates were very interested in our standing around the rights and legal position of Persons with Disability in Australia.
Carmel spoke about the National Disability Strategy and the work being done on revision. Council members also spoke at length about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Person Centred Approaches.
There was a lot of discussion about funding for NDIS and how it is currently being debated by the Australian community and the place that funding for the NDIS should have.
Carmel and Unis spoke about early intervention, especially links with Autism, and how early intervention was wonderful from an outcomes perspective as well as a strictly financial position.
Ms.Tan outlined how early intervention is now part of policy in China, but they felt they were well behind Australia both due to population and economic position.
It was very much a conversation rather than a presentation, and certainly a fact finding mission on behalf of the visiting delegation.