Working in the Disability Sector
Have you always wanted to make a difference to someone’s quality of life? Are you looking for a rewarding career that provides a great work environment with flexible hours?
Working in a sector where you get to make a difference in another person’s life is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Aside from being a rewarding career option with lots of exciting challenges and opportunities there are also benefits such as:
Variety: every day of support / work is going to be different.
Work life balance: employment opportunities are across a 24 hour a day 7 day a week roster. This provides great flexibility to the worker.
Challenge: as rewarding as the work is there are plenty of challenges and opportunities to problem solve and think creatively (there is plenty of training to support you in this). The rewards are fantastic and the skills developed will help bring out the best in you.
Some people with disabilities need assistance with everyday daily living tasks, some need assistance with accessing recreation and leisure and others with finding and maintaining employment. You can assist people with a disability in these areas and many more. This great diversity of jobs within the disability sector allows you to utilise your skills in a variety of settings with a variety of people.
People with disabilities have full and varied lives. Being a disability support worker is not just about helping people do the basics of living. It is about providing a service that puts the person first and at the centre of all support decisions and actions. Supporting them to be the best they can be on their terms.
What kind of jobs are there?
A personal care worker usually works in a person’s home, where they provide basic healthcare and domestic assistance for a person with a disability. Your role will be to assist the person to maintain an independent lifestyle on their terms. You will provide assistance in areas such as life skills like cooking, household maintenance, personal hygiene, mobility and exercise.
Community and Social Support
These roles engage with the person and support them to achieve life goals, recreation, employment and educational goals as outlined in each person’s individual support plan. You will be working out in the community and in people’s homes often autonomously.
These roles manage the workforce and resources that support people with disability to achieve their goals and aspirations, and to live in their community as they choose.
In a Service Management position you will be committed to improving services delivered to people with disabilities and implementing change to contemporary practices to better serve people with disabilities.