True Stories: Katherine Delbridge – Gain work through work placement

Katherine Delbridge_adjusted2My dad has always been very involved in the disability sector so I was exposed to it from an early age. When I finished school I decided to study a social research degree at university. At university took the opportunity with many of my assignments to study disability organisations and disability theory and history.

In my last semester I had to complete a work placement which involved completing a research project. I was very fortunate to be put in contact with National Disability Services (NDS) and was able to complete my work placement with the Aboriginal Resources and Pathways project. This was a great opportunity as I got to meet disability support workers and frontline professionals and hear about their challenges and triumphs. I was also exposed to the many policy areas which disability is subject to. This sparked an interest for me in wanting to gain a better understanding of the different policy areas and how they directly and indirectly effect disability service organisations as well as people with disability.

When I was finishing my student placement National Disability Services (NDS) was looking for a new member of the policy team. I feel very fortunate to be able to work for this organisation. I have really enjoyed getting into the different areas and aspects of policy. It has been very encouraging to see that work NDS does it listened to and does contribute to positive changes in the sector.

I have also had a lot of fun working at NDS. Last year Companion Card held a dance party called ‘Get Dis Party Started’. This was for Companion Card holders and their carers. It was such a wonderful afternoon full of dancing, snacks and laughter. I was so appreciative for the opportunity to help out and I met so many great people throughout the afternoon.

I look forward to the challenges that each day brings as I know I and the disability sector are working toward better and more equitable lives for people with disability.

Katherine Delbridge

Policy Officer

National Disability Services (NDS)

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