The number of people with disabilities is increasing, and the need for more disability workers has never been greater.
Disability support workers are critical in the lives of many Australians living with a disability. They help people to live independently and participate fully in their communities. But, unfortunately, there is not enough support to go around the need for more people working with people with disabilities is rising by the day.
National Disability Services (NDS) chief executive David Moodu said there were around 430,000 Australians supported by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). However, there was still a considerable shortage of support workers available to assist people with disabilities.
"At the moment, the estimated shortage is about 120,000 workers across Australia," Mr Moody said.
"Surprisingly, it's not just in remote and regional parts of Australia, it's also in urbanised parts of Australia as well."
Why Disability Support Workers Are in Greater Demand
The disability industry competes with childcare and aged care for support workers, and the needs of the elderly are growing every year.
We are also living in a society where people live healthier, longer lives which exacerbates the need for aged care. According to Federal Government projections, the number of Australians aged over 85 will increase from 0.4 million to 1.8 million in 2050.
The likelihood of living with a disability increases with age, which means the number of support workers available to people requiring assistance is becoming stretched thin.
The Need For Greater Disability Awareness
Despite the growing demand for disability support services, many people with disabilities are still denied access to the programs they need.
There has been significant improvement in society's perception and the stigma attached to people with a disability. However, despite these advances, the need for greater disability awareness remains a pressing issue in today's society.
There are many misconceptions about disabilities that prevent people from understanding the actual needs of those with disabilities. This leads to discrimination and lack of support, which can have devastating effects on an individual's quality of life.
We want to help break down these barriers by providing information and resources for all types of disabilities so that everyone has equal access to opportunity. Our goal is to create a world where no one feels like they're alone because they have a disability.
Benefits of Working in The Disability Sector
The disability sector is an exciting and rewarding industry. There are many different roles available for those who work in this field, from social workers to occupational therapists. You can help people with disabilities live their best life as they navigate through the world.
Disability Support Workers are an integral part of the community, working with people who have a disability. They provide support and assistance to clients in their homes, in the community and at work.
Ideal candidates can be students, particularly those interested in a career in allied health, social work or healthcare; people who currently work in retail, hospitality or aged care; or parents/carers returning to the workforce. Many of these skills are transferable, and there is plenty of training opportunities available to prepare you for working with people with disabilities.
If you're looking for a fulfilling career that will allow you to do good on a daily basis, then working in the disability sector might be perfect for you.