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Noosa ‘an ideal launchpad’ for careers in disability services

Noosa ‘an ideal launchpad’ for careers in disability services

Published:08 November 2017

Paris Csepreghy is considering a role within the disability services sector.

Eumundi’s Paris Csepreghy could have focused on aged care or health care but she now favours a career in disability services.

Paris is close to completing her Certificate III in Individual Support based at CQUniversity Noosa campus and now has plenty of pathway options, including a Certificate IV in Disability.

“With the NDIS service due to be rolled out on the Sunshine Coast by the end of next year, it’s an ideal time to be considering a role within the disability services sector,” Paris says.

“I’m open to working as a carer visiting people in their homes or working with groups at a community facility.”

Paris has previously worked in casual jobs in the hospitality field but she has known people with certain disabilities, so would feel comfortable within the disability sector.

Having completing Cert III units relating to health and community services, client care and diversity, she is lining up a work placement for early next year with a local disability support service, Sunshine Butterflies.

Sunshine Butterflies CEO Leanne Walsh says Noosa is a great location for people who are keen to forge careers in the growing disability services sector.

“As the NDIS comes on stream on the Sunshine Coast within the next 12 months, the push is on for pathways enabling the development and retention of qualified staff.”

“CQUniversity has shown a commitment to engagement with the disability services sector which augurs well for opportunities for students enrolling in several programs at CQUni Noosa which can lead to disability services careers.

“For example, CQUni Noosa students would be well-placed for work integrated learning projects and internships, drawing on the campus relationships with the sector.”

CQUniversity’s Certificate IV in Disability reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.

The Certificate III in Individual Support reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to help people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason.

CQUniversity students have range of additional pathway options ranging from the Certificate III and IV in Community Services, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Dementia Studies , to the Diploma of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing, and the Bachelor Social Work (honours) and Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Healthy Ageing.