Breaking the ice ….. Paul Warwick
What is rocking your work world today?
Preparation for the move of Vision Australia to its new state of the art service centre in Ringwood. After 18 years in Boronia it is time for us to move on. From the 17th September Vision Australia will be operating from its new service centre at Shop 3 Civic Place Ringwood. Not only we will be delivering our community and allied health services but we will be selling and displaying the latest and providing training and support in adaptive and access technology for people who are blind or have low vision.
What are you most excited about in your job this year?
Our move to Ringwood. It has been over 12 months in the planning and believe it or not the roll out of NDIS in the Outer East. Yes there have been challenges in getting our clients into the program but we are now seeing great outcomes being achieved for people who are blind or have low vision. Or clients are becoming more engaged in their communities and the activities they enjoy. This has been down to strong support and advocacy by me team with and on behalf of our clients to get the plans they need to allow them to live the life they choose.
Where would you like to see your work go?
Right now I’d like to see consolidation of the changes that have been happening in the both the disability and aged care spaces over the past few years. I’d like to see all the reforms in both sectors finally settled and put in place to allow people access the funding support they need to remain independent. Community organisations have been in a state of constant change now for over 4 years. It’s time to settle down and get on with the business of support people to be independent rather than always be adapting to a new change
What are your ambitions?
I am 64 this year and whilst I am still working full time my focus is clearly on retirement sometime in the next 3 years. I have been leading teams now for over 20 and have worked in the community for over 35. I’ve done a lot of different things had great experiences and worked with some fantastic teams and amazing consumers.
Continuing to do that until I retire is sufficient ambition for me.
What do you want to be known for professionally?
As a person who always sees an opportunity to support anyone to achieve the goals they want to achieve in their lives.
In your job, what is something you are proud of?
Proud of being able to give people opportunity to achieve a goal or stretch their boundaries. This year am particularly of my team’s support of the In the Driver’s Seat Event at Sandown Race Track. The event was organised by the Warrandyte Lions Club to allow people who are Blind or Low Vision to drive around Sandown Race Track with driving instructor support. Imagine driving down the Straight of Sandown Race Track at 145 kms per hour without full or any sight. Over 100 people participated on that day and it was great to share their experience and their stories and to also see it aired that evening on national TV.
Who inspires you?
People of all aged who do not let a disability stop them from wanting to live the life they choose.
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
· Become a grandfather
· Shoot a golf score that equals my age
· Went to the UK for the first time last year and want to go back.