The loss of Pavarotti (see below) was not overcome by my introduction to Shannon Noll (War of the World's), nor was my mood improved by my hosts questions in relation to Richard Burton - who's he? and Justin Hayward - 'he sings with the Moody Blues' - who are they?
However, the week has enabled me to spend some time with my staff and I must say that this was both encouraging and refreshing.
Without getting too technical, let me give you some background information. The present government's belief is that there are a core of people amongst the more than 700,000 australians in receipt of the disability pension that shouldn't be on a pension.
They want to get them off.
It's my belief that there are a group of people who are in receipt of the disability who shouldn't be on a pension.
I want to get them off.
We (our government and I) share an equally strong conviction, we only differ on our understanding of the reasons for people being/staying on the pension ( and I promised I wouldn't get into a rant so, enough said).
As a result of the government's belief, new money and initiatives have been directed at moving people who have a disability into the world of work and this has seen NOVA grow remarkably in the past couple of years.
The concern I felt in relation to this growth was in regard to our organisational philosophy. NOVA is a client focussed program and we believe very much in the principles of social justice and inclusion, in the 'Job Match' model of service delivery and in Social Role Valorisation (have a look at our 'downloads' page for more information on these topics: http://www.novaemployment.com.au/downloads2.asp ).
It would be easy to get swept up in the enthusiasm for 'performance' and 'compliance', miss the point of truly caring for the individuals that come to us and simply chase dollars and numbers.
After a couple of weeks supporting my various teams around Sydney and the North Coast I am absolutely convinced that while NOVA has experienced enormous growth and the numbers of folk coming throughour doors has pretty much doubled, this has not been at the expense of providing an individualised and personal service to each person that comes to us and delivering that service on the basis of need.
I am so proud to be part of this team and, while commending them as a group, invite you to read through the various individual stories associated with each outlet: http://www.novaemployment.com.au/branchLocations.asp.
I hope you will find their achievements as inspiring as I have.
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