True Stories: Luke Kent – job is very rewarding!

Luke-Kent_editedMy 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.

Luke Kent

Aboriginal Trainee Assistant in Nursing

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)

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