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.