Aged care training specialists HGT Australia and the Chengdu Chronic Disease hospital have celebrated their close ties during a landmark ceremony this week. Madam Cheng, Director of the hospital, accepted the role as HGT’s Education Ambassador to China. This honour was reciprocated by the Chengdu Integrated Healthcare and Aged Care Association who named HGT’s Head of College, John Liddicoat, their official International Education Consultant.
“As one of the first models of cooperation we had in china, Chengdu and the Chronic Disease Hospital represents our highest priority. I am proud of our work here and since our first meeting, I was well aware of how fortunate we were to be working with Madam Cheng so to have her as our Ambassador is a real honour” said John.
A year after witnessing the signing of their original MOU, Trade commissioner Christina Goodman along with Senior Manager James Zhan, represented Austrade at the event. Commissioner Goodman noted the partnership as a leading example of cooperation between Chinese and Australian aged care organisations, noting the capacity of this collaboration to “set a benchmark in aged care staff training in Chengdu, Sichuan and in China”.
HGT’s Head of International Business Development Annie Jiang said “Austrade’s support of this collaboration, starting with the original introduction has been an essential component to its success”.
John said, “I am firmly of the belief that the strongest facet of the Australian system of aged care lies in its direct connection to the education system”. A strong advocate for skills based training, John went on to say “Strong standards and systems are of course the back bone of a high quality, successful system of e
lderly care, but they are only useful if they are implemented effectively by people. It is certainly the Australian experience, that when we train all people to the highest standard and support their continual ongoing professional development, we can expect exceptional standards of care.”
After more than a year of preparations, HGT Australia and the Chengdu Chronic Disease hospital are making significant progress towards meeting the significant local demand for staff training in Aged care.
Recently, staff from the Chronic Disease hospital experienced an intensive professional development executive tour in Australia. After the success of HGT’s programs in Shanghai recently, the selected senior staff from the hospital commence their own ‘train the trainer’ program next week before returning to Australia later in 2017 to experience first-hand the processes of compliance to the Australian standards of Aged Care facilities operation.
Annie Jiang’s key note addresses, as well as, the presentation ceremony were well received by the patrons of highly successful second Chengdu Integrated Care and Aged Care Association Member conference, and the second International Seminar for Integrated Healthcare and Aged Care and Chronical Care.