Jenny is a Support Worker with Centacare, Queensland
I entered the sector because I wanted something very different than what I’ve done in the past. I’ve done nursing in aged care and I have done behaviour at school for 10 Years, then my husband and I had our own business. And now I work in disability and what an amazing job it is.
A ‘typical’ day for me is very varied and full – with clients’ food and clothes shopping, banking housework, medication, personal care and doctors’ and other appointments. I work out of Centacare’s Sunnybank office. The support this office gives me to do my job is amazing. I’m very lucky.
This job is not one where you sit down all day. This is a job that you have a lot of responsibility on your shift. You need to make sure you’re on top of things with your clients. Make sure you understand what the doctor is saying. You need to make sure you’re giving the right medication to the right client, to right dosage, the right paperwork in place.
We don’t have the NDIS here yet, but we are learning a lot about how our clients will benefit from it and we are looking forward to it.
Supporting your clients and empowering them in their everyday life is a beautiful thing. It’s not a walk in the park. I’m not going to lie. But the best thing about the job is my clients. I love my job. I love coming back to work so I can make a difference in their lives.
If you’re a person who is not afraid of hard work and wants to learn something new every day, then this could be the job for you.