My name is Luke Kent and I’m a Wiradjuri man. My family comes from the Wellington area but I have grown up in the Hunter Valley. I’m a Trainee Assistant in Nursing at a large residential centre at Stockton. I work in an accommodation unit with adults with intellectual disabilities.
I’d heard that Aboriginal Home Care was running a traineeship and people I knew encouraged me to apply. I went for an interview and was offered a traineeship. I completed a Certificate III in Aged Care Work and obtained my driver’s licence, which was fully sponsored as part of the traineeship.
During my training I was also supported by a buddy and attended a cultural camp and career development camp, which were great. After my traineeship finished, I worked with the Home Care Service for about three months. I’d been on a placement with Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) at Stockton during my training and when a position came up there, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me.
As a Trainee Assistant in Nursing, I take care of clients with an intellectual disability. I help them with their personal care such as showering, dressing and eating. I also help clients with their daily activities like taking them on community outings and to day program activities on site.
I have a steady job and income. I work on a 7 day roster meaning the days I work frequently change and I enjoy this variety. I like the clients I work with and the job has variety and day-to-day challenges. I find my workmates to be very friendly and I know that every day is going to be different.
Some days are challenging and you don’t know what to expect, but every day is a fresh opportunity to learn something new. I find the job very rewarding – it brings more purpose to my day. Although it’s hard to keep routine with shift work, you do get used to it.
Aboriginal Trainee Assistant in Nursing
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