Disability support work is a very rewarding profession to get into. Disability support workers jobs involve caring, supervising and supporting people with disabilities in the home, residential premises, clinics or hospitals. Disability support workers also work with other healthcare professionals to maximise the individual's physical and mental wellbeing. These individuals also provide companionship and emotional support, and when possible, promote independence and community participation.

What Skills Are Required To Work as a Disability Support Worker?

Disability support workers must possess certain skills and qualities, such as:

  • Patience, flexibility and understanding
  • Supportive and caring nature
  • Responsible and able to take responsibility for own actions
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment to the rights of people with disabilities to live dignified lives
  • Able to cooperate and work as part of a team
  • Able to perform domestic duties efficiently
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
What Qualifications/Licenses Do I Need to Become a Disability Support Worker?

People are able to work as a disability support worker without formal qualifications, as you will most likely get some informal training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be easier and better for you if you have the right qualifications or experience working with people who require care and supervision. You may want to consider a VET qualification, like KAL Training’s CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support. Individuals can also become a disability support worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements for traineeships may vary, but employers generally require a Year 10 pass.

In order to work with children, you must first obtain a Working with Children Check, National Police Certificate and Provide First Aid Certificate. A drivers licence and own reliable transport may also be essential for those providing community and home support care.

What Are The Duties & Tasks of a Disability Support Worker?

Disability support workers perform a range of tasks, including:

  • Assist clients with self-medication
  • Provide in-home carefor health issues and daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, transport, eating and budgeting
  • Implement care programs for those in residential establishments
  • Ensure that clients in their care are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
  • Assist with the delivery of activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of those in their care
  • Provide companionship and support during daily activities
  • Assist clients in their care during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
  • Organise refuge accommodation
  • Cook and serve meals, clean premises, wash, iron and perform other household duties
  • Coordinate with a team of health professionals, family, friends and carers to implement a program of support for each individual

If you’re passionate about the disability sector, helping individuals with their wellbeing, development and confidence and are looking for a career in which you can show your compassion, KAL Training can help you. Be sure to call 1800-244-438 today and set up a consultation with one of KAL Training’s experts.