Why You Should Continue Upskilling & Increasing Your Knowledge Base in 2021

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Welcome to 2021, a fresh, new year to keep building your very own small business in support work. Though 2020 certainly brought more than its share of challenges, one of the great positives is that Mable was – and is always – very much needed by the community. For you, as an independent support worker, continuing to learn is a major key to success, as well as being of important value to your clients, existing and potential. Mable offers a wealth of learning opportunities and we encourage you to take advantage of them.

Mable Learning Hub – Valuable new training available from NDS

As an independent support worker on the Mable platform, you have access to 120+ courses, all at no cost to you through the Mable Learning Hub. This is provided to help you in your professional development and so you can make an even greater positive impact on the lives of the people you support. In terms of your business, the more knowledge and skills you have, the greater the potential for demand for your services.

Most recently, Mable has partnered with National Disability Services* (NDS) to provide the community of independent support workers using Mable, with access to an ever-expanding array of learning resources. It’s a ‘best in class’ library of training for people supporting People with Disability that is the one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia.

Courses are usually valued at $300 so we encourage you to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity. Whether you are new to the sector or you are looking to upskill and elevate your services, there is an abundance of content to suit.

Key topics include:

  • The role of the disability support worker under the NDIS
  • Human rights
  • Person-centred practice
  • Recognising restrictive practices
  • Risk management 
  • Supported decision making
  • Fire safety 
  • Leading Work Health and Safety in the disability sector 
  • Trauma informed support 
  • Understanding abuse… and more!

Who is NDS?

NDS is a highly respected peak body whose focus is on training people to provide quality support in the disability sector. They are the only organisation that represents the full spectrum of disability services across Australia. Their content aims to meet the benchmarks of providing high quality, safe support and services to NDIS participants, as outlined by the NDIS Practice Standards.

Free external learning opportunities

Mable highly recommends the following courses offered externally and free of charge.

  • Dementia Training
    Offered by the University of Tasmania, it starts in February and requires three hours per week for seven weeks. Read more.
  • Fundamentals of culturally responsive practice in the disability context
    This two-hour online workshop is invaluable for those working with CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse) clients. Read more.
  • Engaging CALD communities
    A two-hour online workshop that will assist you in planning and implementing an engagement process for the communities you work with. Next dates: 28th January, 5th and 25th February. Read more.

4 other ways to keep learning

  1. Subscribe to National Disability Practitioners – An excellent portal for online learning, with specific sections on Allied Health, Support Workers and Sole Traders.
  2. Subscribe to industry publications – Keep up to date with online magazine subscriptions such as for Aged Care and Disability support. Other sources can be found here and here.
  3. Network with other support workers – When you meet someone who is experienced in the work that you do, there is always an opportunity to learn from each other.
  4. Join the Facebook group – As a member of Mable’s Community of Support Workers, you can exchange ideas and ask questions.