On 28 July, Action on Disability Within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) welcomed South African Deputy Minister of Social Development, the Hon. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu MP, who is currently visiting Melbourne to participate in the AIDS Conference and to embark on a study tour.
“The aim of the tour is to ascertain how Australian disability policy is being implemented in the social services and examine ourlegal framework with a view to fine-tuning their national department’s policy on disability,” said the Deputy Minister.
He also requested the South African High Commission to assist in putting together a program of meetings with stakeholders and interlocutors who have relevant knowledge in this field.
“I am very proud that ADEC was chosen as a suitable organization in the not for profit sector to participate in this discussion,” said Keith Hitchen, ADEC Executive Director.
“The resulting meeting was filled with some excellent exchanges of knowledge and some lessons learned on both sides about the differences between cultures and styles of government and how policy is converted to outcomes, locally and abroad,” Mr Hitchen said.