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Careers in the Healthcare Industry

One of the best career areas of employment today is in the medical or healthcare industry. With an abundance of diverse options to choose from the health, nursing, children’s services and community services industry, Kangan Institute will help you get the training you need to start your career today!

Students will develop the practical skills specific to their chosen vocational area, and will receive a nationally recognised qualification from a leading and reputable education provider. Below are some of the careers in the healthcare industry.

Aged and Community Care

Working with the elderly can be a highly rewarding and positive employment opportunity. The Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) will give you the required skills to care for the elderly and disabled in their own homes or in residential aged care centres. You will receive hands-on experience through work placements, preparing you to jump straight into a career. Employment opportunities are high and the demand for Aged Care working is rising due Australia’s ageing population.

It is never too late to begin a career in Aged Care. This career demands compassion, talent and the skills to provide positive assistance to older or disabled persons who require additional support. Supporting your clients to improve their quality of life is the defining outcome for an Aged Care Worker. Employees must possess an empathetic approach to giving care and a passion for working with the elder community. The Aged Care Worker may expect to perform the following duties:

  • Provide warm and compassionate support to the elderly by assisting with daily living and personal care such as help with showering, dressing and eating.
  • Organise and supervise activities designed to enhance physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
  • Assist with general household duties such as cleaning.
  • Provide emotional support and companionship.
  • Assist with self-medication such as taking tablets and applying creams.
  • Provide care and support for individuals with dementia.

Community Services and Development

A career in Community Services and Development will allow you to enrich the lives of others while developing your own personal and professional skill set. You are required to use your strong communication skills and compassion to work with your clients, enabling them to create better lives for themselves, their families and the wider community.

Working in community services you will be trained in service delivery, casework and group work, with services provided either in direct client work, community education or development projects. The Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) will prepare you to work as a social welfare worker in the community service industry. This course will provide you with a sound understanding of human rights, cultural inclusion, Indigenous culture and strategies for effective service delivery.

Disability Support

A career as a Disability Support Worker (DSW) means you will be employed in a professional environment providing care and support to clients with an intellectual and/or physical disability. Working in disability is all about wanting to make a genuine difference to the lives of people with disabilities. Your tasks may range from helping others achieve greater levels of independence to enjoying an enhanced quality of life, obtaining the Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115) will give you the necessary skills needed to attend to those under your care.

A Disability Support Worker may expect to perform the following duties:

  • Work with people with an intellectual and or physical disability.
  • Develop and implement programs to help support clients to develop skills and abilities so they are more able to make decisions affecting their lives, live as independently as possible and to help them participate in the community.
  • Encourage clients to develop personal, community and social relationships.
  • Help them develop and maintain independence and safety in personal care, health care and hygiene.

Youth Work

A career as a Youth Worker will require you to provide support, information and advice to young people on emotional, financial, development, health, housing and other social welfare matters. This certification will also help you prepare as a youth worker who develops and facilitates programs for young people through a range of community-based programs. You may be required to work with young people on an individual or group bases and offer practical and emotional support to help them develop skills to make positive changes to their lives.

Youth workers are required to organise and facilitate programs to address the particular issues young people face such as building confidence, family conflicts, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, sex and relationships and help to find a job.

A Youth Worker may expect to perform the following duties:

  • Meeting with young people to identify and discuss their problems.
  • Plan and conduct programs focused on training and employment, self-development and education.
  • Arrange food, shelter and clothing for young people in need.
  • Referring clients to appropriate specialists or community agencies.

Youth workers can work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, community or youth centres, residential care or emergency accommodation facilities. Youth workers may also be required to carry out street based work by interacting with young people and may be required to work nights and weekend from time to time to help those most vulnerable.

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