SAT­IS­FAC­TION: Sup­port worker Me­lanie Trud­gen, with res­i­dent Bert Ulseth, is hap­pier since she changed her ca­reer af­ter study­ing part time to com­plete a Cer­tifi­cate III in Aged Care. Pic­ture: PHOTOJO


Care and has been em­ployed as a sup­port worker since May.

“One of the great things about be­ing a sup­port worker is that ev­ery day is pretty much dif­fer­ent,” she says. “You see dif­fer­ent peo­ple, hear dif­fer­ent sto­ries.

“Along­side do­mes­tic as­sis­tance, shop­ping and per­sonal care, we al­ways in­cor­po­rate so­cial sup­port. We get out and about, take peo­ple to art classes and so­cial groups.

“I en­joy spend­ing time with peo­ple, and I have a close re­la­tion­ship with my grand­mother so, for me, I gen­uinely en­joy my work.”

Trud­gen helps to run So­cial Links groups in her area, of­fer­ing a weekly art class, choir and dance group.

“I help with the ad­min­is­tra­tion, set up the room, of­fer sup­port dur­ing the class, then stay be­hind and clean up,” she says. “It’s won­der­ful be­ing in­volved in th­ese groups, see­ing the en­joy­ment they bring to peo­ple.”

Trud­gen’s em­ployer, ACH Group, was named an Em­ployer of Choice at the 2018 Aus­tralian Busi­ness Awards.

Its peo­ple and cul­ture gen­eral man­ager Ni­c­hole Tier­ney says staff pro­duce bet­ter out­comes for cus­tomers when they are en­gaged, have op­por­tu­ni­ties to keep learn­ing and are recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions.

SEEK re­search re­veals jobs in the aged and dis­abil­ity sup­port sec­tor of­fer an aver­age salary of $68,375.

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