Healthy fu­ture as sec­tor booms

Growth in health­care, so­cial aid be­yond expectations

Warwick Daily News - - CAREERS - CARA JENKIN

THE num­ber of jobs cre­ated in the health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance sec­tor has boomed well be­yond of­fi­cial fore­casts in the past five years, in a show of the strength of op­por­tu­nity avail­able in the sec­tor.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Aus­tralian Jobs 2013 re­port fore­cast 178,000 new jobs would be cre­ated in the five years to Novem­ber 2017, but its 2018 re­port re­veals in ac­tu­al­ity, 301,600 new jobs were cre­ated.

The re­port out­lines it is Aus­tralia’s largest and fastest grow­ing in­dus­try.

Health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance is also fore­cast to have the strong­est em­ploy­ment growth of any in­dus­try in the next five years of 16.1 per cent, equal to 268,000 more jobs.

SEEK’s lat­est Em­ploy­ment Trends Re­port finds the num­ber of job ad­ver­tise­ments in health­care grew 14 per cent in the year to Septem­ber.

In its com­mu­nity ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory, there was an in­crease of 12 per cent in the same pe­riod.

SEEK man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kendra Banks at­tributes the na­tional roll­out of the NDIS to hav­ing an on­go­ing pos­i­tive ef­fect on job ad­ver­tise­ment growth.

“The growth in com­mu­nity ser­vices and de­vel­op­ment sec­tor con­tin­ues to be driven by roles in aged care and dis­abil­ity sup­port as the NDIS is rolled out across the coun­try,” she says.

‘‘ THE GROWTH IN COM­MU­NITY SER­VICES AND DE­VEL­OP­MENT SEC­TOR CON­TIN­UES TO BE DRIVEN BY ROLES IN AGED CARE AND DIS­ABIL­ITY SUP­PORT AS THE NDIS IS ROLLED OUT ACROSS THE COUN­TRY. KENDRA BANKS

Most peo­ple em­ployed in the health­care and so­cial sec­tor are reg­is­tered nurses (260,300) or car­ers (153,200 aged and dis­abled car­ers, 114,700 child car­ers), but 29 per cent are em­ployed in al­lied health roles such as phys­io­ther­a­pist, speech pathol­o­gist

and phar­ma­cist.

Devel­op­men­tal ed­u­ca­tors are al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als who help peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity with in­de­pen­dence and so­cial in­clu­sion, as well as the per­son’s fam­ily and car­ers.

They may teach life skills such as self-care, recre­ation or em­ploy­ment skills, pro­mote emo­tional health and well­be­ing or ad­vo­cate on a cus­tomer’s be­half.

Dis­abil­ity ser­vices provider

Cara re­ports its work­force has more than dou­bled in the past five years, from 467 em­ploy­ees in 2013 to 977 this year.

Spe­cial­ist ser­vices man­ager Jane Huscroft en­joys be­ing able to help peo­ple achieve

their goals and as­pi­ra­tions.

“The most ful­fill­ing part of my job is be­ing able to sup­port the staff to sup­port our cus­tomers to be­come em­pow­ered in mak­ing de­ci­sions about their life,” she says.

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