By Natalie Croxon
AN ADDITIONAL 250 disability and care workers will be needed in the northern region within the next five years to meet the demands of an ageing population and people seeking professional support.
The anticipated trend has led National Disability Services, supported by Challenge Disability Services, to launch a statewide television advertisement aimed at attracting new workers to the sector through the job-finding and information website www.carecareers.com.au.
In NSW 10,000 more workers will be needed to support more than 380,000 people.
National Disability Services workplace recruitment manager Mike Field said many people seeking a career in the sector were looking for a more satisfying and fulfilling job.
Challenge Disability Services has supported carecareers since its beginnings in 2009 and recruits staff through the site.
Chief executive officer Barry Murphy said a career with a care service provider like Challenge offered not only a rewarding career, but job security, flexibility and good opportunities for career advancement
The advertisement shows 13-year-old Talia Low, who has cerebral palsy, and the different workers who help her start high school.
"It's that diversity of roles we want to feature," Mr Field said, adding that the jobs on offer in the sector included everything from physiotherapists and speech pathologists to drivers and gardeners.
Alysha Luppino provides an example of the varied careers that can be had within the sector.
She works as a job development officer with Challenge Disability Services and helps people with a mental illness find a job and maintain it.
Miss Luppino studies nursing and got a job in the disability sector because she wanted something that was more client-focused and rewarding.
Brent Trindall, a personal trainer, is one of Miss Luppino's clients.
He suffered a serious head injury and as a result a mental illness.
He'd left his old job and after his injury he said he reached a point where he didn't want to get out of bed and find another job.
But he said the care service gave him support and took some of the pressure off finding a new job, giving him peace of mind.
Mr Trindall is now happily employed again and is even moving into a managerial position, which is something he always aspired to.
"I probably wouldn't be there if not for them," he said.