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Disability and Home & Community Specialisations for Individual Support Students

Do you want to join the Individual Support field, but would not like to work in an aged care facility? Maybe you’d like to provide care to clients in their own homes, or you’d rather support and empower people with disabilities. If you are ready to make a difference in your clients’ lives, we have the right specialisation for you.

Two new specialisations are now available for the Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015). The three specialisations we now offer are:

  • Ageing,
  • Disability, and
  • Home & Community.

The specialisation you choose will determine if your employment will involve aged care, disability, or home & community roles. All three specialisation paths include the same core units but have different elective units.

A disability support worker and client bowling

The Disability Specialisation

The disability specialisation reflects the role of workers who provide training and support that empowers people living with disability to achieve greater levels of

  • independence,
  • self-reliance,
  • community participation, and
  •  wellbeing.

For example, Kaitlin Mountain supports Jo Berry, a 34-year-old living with a disability, by helping her with daily tasks. Jo explained in an ABC Radio interview:

‘They [support workers] help with everything from getting up and out of bed, personal care, helping with doing exercises, taking me out to places … I don’t have to rely on my mum or family members. I think that’s made a really big difference to my self-esteem and feeling of independence.1

Kaitlin, Jo’s support worker, finds her work rewarding. ‘It has allowed me to be more empathetic and understanding of people…I’m like a massive cheerleader behind everyone I work with.1

Additionally, there is a high demand for disability support workers. David Moody, chief executive of the National Disability Services (NDS) said that ‘At the moment, the estimated shortage is about 120,000 workers across Australia. Surprisingly, it’s not just in remote and regional parts of Australia, it’s also in urbanised parts of Australia as well’1.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this qualification with the disability specialisation can work in the following occupations:

  • Disability Support Worker.
  • Community Care Worker.
  • Behavioural Support Officer.
  • Family Support Worker.
  • Client Assistant.
  • Home Care Assistant.
  • Residential Care Worker.
A care worker chats with a client at their home.

The Home & Community Specialisation

The home & community care specialisation reflects the role of workers who provide support to people with ageing and/or disability-related issues, enabling them to live in their own homes.  ‘These services provide eligible people with help at home, support in getting out into the community, and a break for carers’2.

In 2020, over 42% of all aged care residents were using home care3 and there has been a greater demand to get younger people living with disability out of aged care facilities and into their own homes4. Through a career with this specialisation, you are giving your clients the support and freedom they need to continuing living without being part of a care facility.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this qualification with the home & community specialisation can work in the following occupations:

  • Care Worker.
  • Community Care Worker.
  • Home Care Assistant.
  • Residential Care Worker.
  • Residential Support Worker.

What if I’m already enrolled in ageing?

If you’re enrolled in or currently studying the ageing specialisation with Sero, it’s not too late to diversify your skill set and career opportunities. In addition to the ageing elective units, you can also complete the disability or home & community elective units.

Through this study path, you will earn a Certificate III in Individual Support with two specialisations instead of one. This allows you to present a more diverse portfolio of skills, knowledge, and capabilities to your employers. Since most people have more than one job/career in their life, it helps to have more than one field of expertise.

How can I Learn More?

If you’re interested in learning more about the course, its delivery, and potential funding options, feel free to send us an enquiry. We’ll get back to you and help you create your tomorrow, today.
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