TRUE STORIES: Jenny Papara – It’s not a walk in the park, but I love my job.


Jenny is a Support Worker with Centacare, Queensland

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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.

Atypical’ 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.


Jenny Papara


Sunnybank, Queensland



True Stories: Lucinda Bruce – Doing what I can to help out

Lucinda is an All Rounder – a Business Services Supervisor with the Endeavour Foundation in Mackay, Queensland.

Lucinda Bruce

My role pretty much is helping out wherever needed. I returned back from Maternity Leave this year to find my role as Esafe Supervisor had changed as well as where I was situated in the workplace.  I perform office duties on a daily basis as well as filling in whenever a staff member is away on holidays, to help out!

Endeavour Foundation Mackay is a great facility that offers great opportunities to those with a disability. It’s been an honest privilege being a part of this company.

I continue to learn something new every day and Endeavour has inspired me to follow on with where I want to be in life. I’ve met some fantastic life-long friends along the way!

What I most value about my role is the experience with several different people with an intellectual disability. They have shown me to value life and given me a more positive outlook on life. We’re all different in our own ways and every one of us is perfect in our own way. I get to mentor and be a guide to many supported employees who make working in this sector worth it by helping them achieve their goals and help them life a normal life.

Lucinda was a finalist in carecareers Workmate of the Year 2106.  Part of her nomination read:

“Lucinda is a true all-rounder, who works hard, gets on with everyone, shows respect and care to all and is a real asset to our workplace.  Lucinda is also studying for her Certificate 4 in Business by correspondence, while working everyday Monday to Friday and raising a baby…

Lucinda is a very caring, compassionate person and has earned the trust and respect of all of our Supported Employees/Staff/Families/Carers.  Lucinda deserves our respect, gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work and care she puts into all of the tasks she does at our work place. “

Lucinda Bruce

Endeavour Foundation

Mackay, Queensland.

True Stories: Prue Clark – No two days are the same

Many of us easily ride a bike, kick a ball or swim in the pool on the weekend without a second thought. But for some children and adults with physical disabilities, they need hours, days, months or years of physiotherapy to be able to move with ease.

CPL has a team of expert Physiotherapists across Queensland to help improve the gross motor skills (like sitting, standing, walking and lifting) of children and adults with disabilities.

Prue Clark is a physiotherapist working for CPL

Prue Clark, one of CPL’s Physiotherapists in Townsville, said that while no two days are the same, every day is about helping clients to achieve their full potential for physical independence.

Working amongst a team of seven Allied Health professionals at CPL’s Townsville service, Prue helps over 15 clients every week with specialised exercises, therapy or equipment to help them participate in everyday activities and environments they enjoy.

Prue said she starts each day with a cup of English breakfast tea and a smile.

“Over my two and a half years with CPL, I’ve never had the same day twice!” Prue said laughing.

“My day can range from travelling to help a client in their home, to a school or community visit, running a group therapy class like hydrotherapy, or a client appointment at our Townsville office.

“From age range to individual needs, every client and every appointment is different too.

“One client might have a goal of improving at a sport or in play time, where another might need help with balance and core stability, or it might be time for an equipment update or review.

“I love that I can support each client in a different way to help them achieve their individual goals,” she said.

Aside from working in CPL’s Townsville service, Prue is also part of a team of three who tackle a 10 hour drive to Mount Isa for outreach services three times a year.

“In one week, we would provide at least 150 hours of service between the three of us,” Prue said.

“We visit around 15 clients out in Mount Isa that otherwise have limited access to physio, speech or occupational therapy.

“We also assist a variety of staff with professional development opportunities so they can better support people with disabilities in their community,” she said.

Prue Clark

CPL – Choice, Passion, Life