Mable’s community of independent support workers are a diverse bunch. They’re experienced aged care and disability support workers, nurses, allied health professionals and everyday people providing companionship to people in their community. If you’re one of these people, and you would like to find more work on the platform, expanding your skills in personal care is a great way to do it.
Working as an independent support worker via Mable provides a range of diverse opportunities. It’s flexible, so you can work as much or as little as you would like. As an independent worker, you choose the services you offer and the clients you work with. If you’re interested in increasing your hours of work via the platform, there’s one area that’s currently in demand: personal support.
The demand for personal support on the Mable platform is reflective of the industry at large. As reported by SBS, according to the Australian jobs report, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to May 2023. The top employing occupations in this industry include aged care and disability support workers. Our ageing population and the rollout of the NDIS are behind the boom, and a growing number of clients are looking for workers with the right skills to support them to live independently.
What is personal support?
Personal support is different for every client, depending on their specific circumstances. For clients who are ageing, or those with a disability, it would typically be provided to those who require a higher level of support in their day to day lives.
It can include assisting with personal hygiene, mobility as well as assistance with medication. Specifically, this may include assistance with showering and going to the toilet, grooming, dressing and assistance with eating. It can also involve help moving around the house, or getting in and out of bed. The work is incredibly important and requires a set of specific skills that will ensure you and your client’s safety.
What is required to offer personal care?
If you’re currently offering social and domestic support and would like to expand your skillset, a personal care qualification from one of the following (or a similar qualification) would be needed:
- Certificate 3 or 4 in Individual Support
- Certificate 3 or 4 in Aged Care
- Certificate 3 or 4 in Disability Support
- Certificate 3 or 4 in Home and Community Care
If you have any questions around requirements, please contact our Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need financial support to upskill? Check out government-funded courses!
Because of Australia’s skill shortage in this space, the government has invested in making it easier for people to upskill in these areas through discounts, loans and flexible payment terms. As reported here by WA Today, Tafe fees in Western Australia have been slashed by 50% for some core courses, including those in aged and disability care. Training.com lists a number of government-funded courses on their website – which are comprised of a combination of online and in-person classes.
You can also check your state or territory’s tafe and training government sites (like this one for Victoria) for a list of current funded courses, and requirements for subsidies. There’s also a great summary available here on Upskilled, one of the many RTOs around the country.
Interested in finding flexible, rewarding work supporting others in your community? Create your free Mable account today.