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Changes to disability sector opens up job options

Changes to disability sector opens up job options

Published:13 September 2017

Disability worker Sandie Brinkley helps her client Emily Slotosch enjoy some of life’s memorable experiences – dodgem cars at the local agricultural show.

Sandie Brinkley understands the demands and the rewards of working with people with disabilities.

As a Senior Group Facilitator with Excelcare Australia, her role involves teaching people with disabilities everyday life skills and enabling them to take an active role in their communities.

Ever since the opportunity arose to work in the disability sector Sandie has embraced it. “I like the idea of improving the quality of life for some of society’s most vulnerable and isolated people. I find this very fulfilling and rewarding.”

Sandie completed a certificate course in disability in 2016 with CQUniversity and is now considering further upskilling with a diploma level qualification.

With the recent changes in the disability sector, there will be renewed demand for skilled workers like Sandie.

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will help to support and bring about better outcomes for thousands of Australian’s living with disability, their carers’ and their families.

The NDIS will see funding provided to service providers to help facilitate individualised disability support programs, unique to the personal needs of the client.

As the scheme is introduced, demand for services will increase meaning more people with specialised skills in disability and healthcare will be needed across the country.

CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Training, Peter Heilbuth explained that the introduction of the scheme is already impacting service providers and the demand for skilled employees is on the rise.

“While some of the new positions will be entry level appointments with no skill prerequisites, a number of roles will require qualifications in individual support, disability, community services, nursing or allied health."

CQUniversity offers a number of certificate programs in the field of Individual Support (Disability), Community Services, Health Services Assistance and Disability.

Prospective students interested in studying a vocational program related to health or disability support should visit www.cqu.edu.au/tafe and search for a related course.

This week CQUniversity is celebrating Disability Action Week, 10 – 16 September, and is promoting this year’s theme ‘Everybody has a role to play’.