Chris Beaumont - Round 1, 2016 Champion

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Chris Beaumont

Looking to the future of disability service delivery

Chris Beaumont is an experienced community services manager who uses new and innovative technologies to deliver services that foster independence and which are flexible and cost effective. Working with companies like Tunstall Healthcare, which specialise in assistive technologies, Chris and his team are working on exciting and practical software and digital tools to meet the needs of their clients.

In his role as a Service Development and Innovation Manager for Endeavour Foundation, he is able to facilitate the use digital technologies to increase the independence, capability and satisfaction of people with a disability.

Chris’s role focuses on day services, accommodation, individual support in homes and communities, and aged care. Day services use a range of technology supports including:

  • interactive white boards
  • electronic tables
  • tablets, iphones and smart tvs – connecting people.
  • programming for people who do not communicate with spoken words, allowing them to
    have conversations using devices.

Chris is overseeing the development of virtual reality environment platforms which provide life skills to clients.

In one application, clients participate in a virtual reality scenario where they use public transport to travel to and from Central Station in Brisbane to South Bank and visit a café. The activity, which acts like a video game teaches important life skills – buying and operating a ‘go card’, getting on and off transport, ordering food, using money and interacting with people.

To date these skills have been taught by support staff in the real situation – a costly and time-consuming operation.

Chris has also brought entrepreneurial thinking to bear in the development of the Community Learning Hub (CLH) – a learning environment for school leavers. The CLH uses a mix of learning resources and technology, and is delivered online, via ipads, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices, by tutors and face-to-face. The 10-module curriculum covers a range of topics (including workplace health and safety, and communication) and has already been delivered in trial mode to regional and metropolitan Queensland.

Chris is also looking at using an internal application where people with a disability can revise their own support schedules.

According to Chris, it’s about flexibility, responsiveness and supporting people with a disability to achieve as much independence as possible.

Chris is nominated by: Endeavour Foundation

Chris Beaumont

Looking to the future of disability service delivery

Chris Beaumont is an experienced community services manager who uses new and innovative technologies to deliver services that foster independence and which are flexible and cost effective. Working with companies like Tunstall Healthcare, which specialise in assistive technologies, Chris and his team are working on exciting and practical software and digital tools to meet the needs of their clients.

In his role as a Service Development and Innovation Manager for Endeavour Foundation, he is able to facilitate the use digital technologies to increase the independence, capability and satisfaction of people with a disability.

Chris’s role focuses on day services, accommodation, individual support in homes and communities, and aged care. Day services use a range of technology supports including:

  • interactive white boards
  • electronic tables
  • tablets, iphones and smart tvs – connecting people.
  • programming for people who do not communicate with spoken words, allowing them to
    have conversations using devices.

Chris is overseeing the development of virtual reality environment platforms which provide life skills to clients.

In one application, clients participate in a virtual reality scenario where they use public transport to travel to and from Central Station in Brisbane to South Bank and visit a café. The activity, which acts like a video game teaches important life skills – buying and operating a ‘go card’, getting on and off transport, ordering food, using money and interacting with people.

To date these skills have been taught by support staff in the real situation – a costly and time-consuming operation.

Chris has also brought entrepreneurial thinking to bear in the development of the Community Learning Hub (CLH) – a learning environment for school leavers. The CLH uses a mix of learning resources and technology, and is delivered online, via ipads, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices, by tutors and face-to-face. The 10-module curriculum covers a range of topics (including workplace health and safety, and communication) and has already been delivered in trial mode to regional and metropolitan Queensland.

Chris is also looking at using an internal application where people with a disability can revise their own support schedules.

According to Chris, it’s about flexibility, responsiveness and supporting people with a disability to achieve as much independence as possible.

Chris is nominated by: Endeavour Foundation