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Provided by courtesy of Aged & Community Services (SA and NT)

Working in disability services

The main role of a disability support worker is to work with a person with a disability to assist them in some aspect of their daily life including home, work and/or their social life.

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.

Working in the disability sector is an enjoyable and satisfying career. Just like all of us, each person with a disability is different, with their own personalities, dreams, aspirations and abilities. People with a disability may require assistance in one or more areas of their life to enable them to maximise their full potential.
Working to assist people in their daily lives also means that your hours for work can be flexible and can cover a 24 hour period. Depending on your chosen area of employment, you are able to work around your own life, including family and study.

People with disabilities have full and varied lives. So being a disability support worker is not just about helping people do the basics of living. It is about supporting them as they put their choices and abilities to the best possible use.

Knowlege Skills and Attributes

Disability workers need:

  • to be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects
  • a supporting and caring nature
  • good communications skills
  • patience, flexibility and understanding
  • the ability to work as part of a team

Working conditons

Disabilty workers provide care either in their client’s home, or in a residential care setting. They are often expected to carry out their work in rostered shifts and may be expected to work weekends and nights. Sometimes, disability workers may be required to live-in with their client. They carry out their duties under direct or regular supervision, and within clearly defined care plans or organisational guidelines.

A disability worker provides personal, physical and emotional support to disabled people who require assistance with daily living. They provide assistance with showering, dressing and eating, and often facilitate or assist with outings and other activities. The level of assistance provided depends on the the ability and health of the client. Care may also include assistance with self – medication and arranging activities to enhance the client’s physical, emotional  and intellectual development.

The Disability Services Traineeship

The Disability Care Traineeship is designed to give you the understanding, knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a Support Worker, providing care to the elderly or disabled in their own homes. Trainees are employed by Health Training Australia and hosted to a suitable host employer for all on-the-job training and work hours. All off-the-job training (training day) is conducted by a Registered Training Organisation.

Interested in a traineeship with HTA? Complete your online application for our preparation for employment course today!