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Careers in Community and Welfare
Human skills: the
Phil Bailey (back) loves helping his clients.
By ANDREW ETHERD
One of the nation's biggest
employment sectors is care,
looking after people who need
''Everywhere there is a need for
people with disabilities to be assisted,''
says Phil Bailey of Independence
Australia. ''It is an industry where there
is always employment and there are
Mr Bailey, now a senior residential
support coordinator, worked in the fast
food sector for a quarter of a century.
''I've been with Independence Australia
for about five years,'' he says. ''I was
looking to work part time, my wife was
going back to work full time, so I was
the house-husband for a while, looking
for something else to do besides
looking after my children.''
By chance he spotted an
advertisement for disability support
staff. ''I had not thought of disability as
a career, but I said, 'yes I can do that ---
I have looked after my children, I know
how to dress people', which is basically
what it is about.
''From there it has been all go and a
brilliant change. It is very accessible,
there is a lot of training that goes with
it and gets you moving. It's been a
All training is provided by
Independence Australia. ''I didn't go to
university, just Year Twelve. You have
to have a Certificate 3 in Disability and
Aged Care, which is internally taught
by Independence Australia and funded
by the government, so I did that.
''From there you can go on to
Certificate 4, which I did, and I did a
Diploma of Management, and I'm
about to enrol in a Diploma of
Disability, and then I'm going to do a
social science degree. The company
have really looked after me, we look
after everybody, it is a great company,
I have had a very positive experience
The most important qualifications
are the human ones, Mr Bailey says.
''You need to be a personable person,
you need to be able to speak to people
and be a good listener. That's what
clients often need, someone to listen to
them and befriend them. A genuine
caring nature is what I look for when
I'm hiring people.''
Mr Bailey arranges the staff and
facilitates the care and needs of the
residents of two community houses,
with the aim of providing as near a
normal lifestyle as possible for the nine
clients. ''They have varying disabilities,
from MS through to cerebral palsy,
quadriplegia, and one is vision
impaired. It really is a home
atmosphere. As soon as you get
independence for them, it improves
their quality of life.
''It is a fulfilling role. It gave me a
great sense of self-worth. There isn't a
day when I don't look forward to
coming to work.''
The workforce is quite varied, Mr
Bailey says. ''We have single parents
and people returning to the workforce,
so we are extremely flexible about
hours. Our company is very family-
''It's a sector I have enjoyed crossing
over to, I would recommend it to
anyone, it really is a great career
ught about working
eer opportunities at Independence Australia
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More details and Position Descriptions for the above are available on our website
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