I’m a Support Worker, what’s next for me?

I’m a Support Worker, what’s next for me?As a Support Worker, you develop skills and gain experience by working hands on with consumers and with other support workers. But if you’re looking to take the next step in your career and want to develop your expertise... what’s next?

The Lead Support Worker (LSW) is a specialist role that provides additional support to consumers and their support workers. Using expertise as a disability support worker (DSW) and experience of understanding consumers’ needs, LSWs provide vital training and support to new and existing DSWs. By working in partnership with consumers, LSWs are able to help consumers reach their goals, meet their outcomes and stabilise teams.

Working actively on consumer programs and providing up to an additional 10 hours per week in support coordination, Independence Australia believes that the LSW role, and the additional support it provides, gives individuals and families the flexibility they need to live independently.

Key tasks of the LSW:

  • Provide and/or organise training to support new DSWs or existing support staff;
  • Ensure DSWs are consulted around their preferred hours of work;
  • Mentor new DSWs;
  • Organise for shifts to be covered when regular DSWs are on leave or unavailable to complete a service; and
  • Support consumers and DSWs to discuss and resolve any issues or concerns that may arise.

Independence Australia currently has vacancies for Lead Support Workers in a number of areas. If this opportunity sounds right for you and you would like more information, please contact Sasha Trpkovski on 03 9418 0481. Alternatively you can email [email protected]. Application close COB Friday 6 March 2015.