Watch the video to gain an insight into the day-to-day activities of disability support work.
Rachael tells us about how she got her start, the best parts about the role, what a typical day looks like and more.
How did you get into this line of support work?
I had a really fantastic health and physical education teacher in high school who really ignited my passion for all things ‘human body’. I decided to go to university, fell into the exercise physiology career and I’ve just loved it ever since.
What does a typical day look like?
A lot of my day is spent giving exercise to people one on one or in group classes. Usually each day I will go out on to our independent living site and I’ll visit a few clients in their homes. I might have a meeting with my team, check in on everyone, finish my notes and head home and pick up my kids.
What does a good day look like?
When my clients achieve something that they’ve been working towards or we notice progress that is meaningful and important to them, then I’m just beaming.
What’s a good attribute to have for this role?
If you love people and love their stories and want to be involved in their lives you’d be great!
What are some of the pathways to this role?
We work with Allied Health Assistants, which is a TAFE (Vocational Education and Training) qualification so if you wanted to get in as soon as possible, that would be your best bet.
What would you say to those interested in this career?
I’ve seen people enter into this industry at the age of 70 and I’ve seen people enter in at 18. It doesn’t change your performance, if you love people, you’re going to love working in the care industry.