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Palm Lodge Nursing Home and Rayburn pty td Queensland's employers of the year



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P R IM E M IN IS T E R

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER 1991

FOR MEDIA 9 SEPTEMBER 1991

JOINT STATEMENT WITH THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR HEALTH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES, BRIAN HOWE

Palm Lodge Nursing Home and Rayburn Pty Ltd Queensland's Employers of the Year

Palm Lodge Nursing Home and Rayburn Pty Ltd are the Queensland winners of the Prime Minister's Employer of the Year awards.

They were selected for the Award because of their outstanding contribution to the employment of people with disabilities.

As State winners, they are now eligible for National Employer of the Year, which will be announced at a reception at Parliament House on 12 September.

The Prime Minister's Employer of the Year Awards are designed to encourage employers help Australians with disabilities. They recognise employers who provide significant work opportunities and support for people with disabilities, many of whom have never worked, or have worked only in sheltered workshops.

Invaluable assistance to employers of people with disabilities is provided by Commonwealth Government sponsored employment agencies and regional units of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service. Services include on-the-job training and support, and advice on

job redesign.

Employment on the open labour market gives these people the opportunity to prove themselves as valuable, productive members of the community, and enables them to build confidence and independence.

Under the awards, employers are divided into two categories - those that employ more than 100 staff, and those that employ less. National and State awards are made under both categories.

Initiated last year by the Federal Department of Health, Housing and Community Services, the awards are being sponsored by Australian Airlines, Business Review Weekly and the Australian Chamber of Commerce. __ _

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PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MIC AH

1991 PRIME MINISTER'S EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

BACKGROUND

The Prime Minister's Employer of the Year Awards were established in 1990 to give recognition to the important role played by employers in helping people with disabilities to gain independence and self esteem.

Their contribution has made it possible for a growing number of people with disabilities to become fully productive members of the workforce - earning a real wage and doing a worthwhile job. Working together, with co-operation and commitment, employers and employment agencies are helping people with disabilities to become

fully integrated into the community.

The fifteen State and Territory award winners have been selected from 111 nominations made by employment agencies, regional units of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service and individuals around the country. The nominations were reviewed by a panel comprising representatives of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia, Business Review Weekly, Confederation of Australian Industry, the ACTU and the Department of Health, Housing and Community Services.

Palm Lodge Nursing Home

Helping people overcome difficulties is all in a day's work for most nursing homes. But at the palm lodge in Queensland they take it one step further. It's a nursing home for the aged but it's also a place of employment for young people with disabilities.

Palm Lodge has given work to five young women with intellectual or neurological disabilities, modifying tasks and routines to accommodate their particular needs. They are among a number of young people with disabilities for whom the Lodge has provided

training and work experience.

For the past ten years the management has maintained a policy of assisting people with disabilities. The commitment is shared by staff who regularly come up with new ideas and initiatives to support fellow workers impaired by a learning or physical disability. "

Rayburn Pty Ltd

Rayburn is a small private organisation in Queensland manufacturing a range of plastic products, bottles and containers for use in the distribution of foods and chemicals. It's just like many other small firms throughout the country except that

three of its 15 workers have disabilities.

The office administrator/secretary has cerebral palsy, one general hand is visually impaired while another has a mild intellectual disability.

Rayburn has assisted them settle in to their new jobs with special furniture for one, extra lighting for another and time off for physiotherapy for another. The result? Employees happy in their work and an employer who knows he can depend on skilled reliable workers to get the job done.

For information: Michele Hendrie 06. 289 7219 Patsy Meyer 06. 289 7531