Why aged care workers should make the switch to the disability sector

22 August 2022
Victorian councils have continued to cut funding for in-home help for older residents. Boroondara and Mornington Council are the latest to exit the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). 
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In addition to the growing concern this leaves older residents losing much-needed care, there are now skilled workers left without work. This dilemma comes at the same time the disability sector and NDIS providers like The Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN), are eagerly seeking workers for their growing client lists. 

CPSN has clients throughout Victoria seeking support workers now. The demand is high, and the clients are diverse. 

So, why make the change? Here are six reasons. 

 

Meaningful Connection 

CPSN’s Innovative Choices Program ensures that each client and family are paired with suitable support workers. Our program empowers clients to choose their support workers based on meaningful connection and not just necessity. The role of a disability support worker is to support people to achieve their life goals. 

Many of our support workers are long-term employees forming lasting working relationships with clients and their family. For those that enjoy making a difference in someone’s life and feel the reward in having contributed to positive life outcomes, this is a great sector to work in. 

 

Better pay  

The aged care sector has been heavily criticised for the low wages it offers its employees. Under the Award, full-time and part-time residential aged care workers are paid a minimum of $21.62 per hour. The highest rate under the Award is $26.26. While the Federal Government ensures that it intends to increase salaries for employees in this sector, workers are already transitioning to the disability sector for better pay. 

The average support worker salary in Australia is $32.73 per hour1.

 

More choice  

At CPSN, support workers also receive flexible working provisions and a health & wellbeing program tailored to their needs. 

Our Customer Liaison Coordinators in the Innovative Choices Program work alongside the client and support worker every step of the way, so that we can strive to meet their needs.  

Because of this, our support workers express a more profound satisfaction with their work and the opportunity to build fulfilling relationships with their clients; they have unmatched support from the CPSN team. 

 

Skill development 

CPSN workers can develop their skills and training. Our clients have a broad range of needs and requirements; this gives our support workers the to build their skillset on the job.  

We recruit people from a variety of backgrounds and different levels of training. From university students who want to bring their studies to a practical environment to older workers looking for a much-needed career change, we offer opportunities to almost anyone looking for a rewarding job that positively impacts their lives. 

 

Extra peace of mind with training support  

One of the pitfalls we noticed with our clients’ experience with support workers is a lack of knowledge and training on professional and safe conduct. Thus, at CPSN, we offer disability training courses and the introduction of programs such as Safe Support and Shared Outcomes. These collaborative programs help the client (and family), support workers and Client Liaison Coordinators work professionally and safely. They also set clear expectations in a supportive way to address concerns if either party is not upholding what was agreed to.   

 

Easy transition 

A career change can often feel too daunting to pursue, but a role as a disability support worker gives you the chance to transfer skills from the aged care sector. Many of the skills used in Aged Care are instantly transferable to the work that CPSN does with its clients. We make it easy to join our team. All you need to do is all 03 94878 1001 or fill out our form today. A member of our People & Culture Team will reach out to begin the onboarding process, and you will have the chance to meet your client … you might even know them already! 

 

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References

Average pay for disability support worker 

Support Worker Salary in Australia - Average Salary (talent.com) 

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