“We’re a provider that looks at the person first, we think to build a relationship and we are there for a long time with most people,” St John of God Accord Director of Customer Relations and Marketing Peter Newsome said.
“We hope that the day, which we named I'm Celebrating Me to give a sense of belonging, had a lasting impact on the hospital and caregivers might not have known anything about us now have a little more knowledge and awareness of people with disability.”
While the day was significant for the St John of God Accord clients, it was also an opportunity for hospital caregivers to better understand what it means to live with a disability.
“St John of God Health Care is a really big family and we have an enormous number of services we deliver across the country and one of the unique services we deliver is in the disability space through St John of God Accord,” St John of God Geelong Hospital Chief Executive Officer Stephen Roberts said.
“I think it is really nice to give people a chance to be part of something and to ensure we are giving everybody the chance to live life to the full.”