25 May 2017
Did you know that individual support and care are fast becoming one of the most crucial professional specialisations in Australia? Never has it been better or more essential for people of all ages and backgrounds to get into this unique field.
Why is the demand for individual support growing?
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare:
Australia’s population is much older today than it has been in the past, and both the number and proportion of older people is growing steadily. In 1964, the median age in Australia was 28.5 years, and 8% of the population (948,100 people) were aged 65 and over. Only 0.4% of the population (50,100 people) were aged 85 and over .
Furthermore, Australia also happens to have one of the highest life expectancy rates anywhere in the world. What this means is that there are more people than ever of advanced age who potentially require assistance with health, recreation and more.
While there is still some way to go, changing social standards and government legislation has opened the way for a more active and inclusive life for those living with disability. This affords ample opportunity for anyone looking to provide care and support in this space.
The 2,000 disability support providers currently operating in Australia are pushing for more funding and training solutions, boosting the potential careers for carers.
What are the actual job opportunities?
According to the Australian Federal Government’s Job Outlook research, the overall demand for new Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers will grow beyond 50,000 added job openings by 2020. This is just scratching the surface when it comes to demand in the sector. As it turns out, the same growth in job openings is expected specifically for Aged and Disabled Carer roles.
Further Government research points to an increased focus on new talent in the industry. Care facilities, support organisations and wards are looking for staff with a new outlook and a fresh set of skills to match the unique needs of an increasingly diverse group of aged and disabled patients.
Why get into the field?
We won’t lie – working in either aged care or disability services as an individual support worker is no walk in the park. There will be trying days and more than a few challenges in the day-to-day. But guess what?
There are few roles out there that can be as consistently rewarding and enlightening as being a carer. Such a career could allow you to give peace of mind to others, day after day. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
If the amount of opportunity, supported training and rewards sound appealing to you, TAFE Queensland has a range of recognised individual support courses for you to dive into.
Why wait to make great happen in the lives of others?