Oi online

Did that get your attention?  We hope so as OI stands for Online Inclusion, a fantastic new initiative which deserves all the publicity it can get.

Oi is an online support platform for people living with a disability, their families, carers and support teams.  It aims to be a disability information hub where everyone can obtain accurate quality information, resources, support links and factsheets.   You can also access online group sessions, workshops and conversations all in one place from a variety of service providers.

carecareers applauds this innovation which demonstrates yet again what a dynamic and exciting sector we are working in.

Check Oi out here: www.oi.org.au

True Story: Maria & Gerard update – Part 1

Maria: Continuing to inspire

It’s been four years Gerard and I were part of a carecareers campaign. Every now and then someone comes up to me and says they recognise me from somewhere – the commercial! It’s even happened when I’ve been holidaying aboard a cruise ship. One of the best things about being in the commercial was inspiring others to consider a career in the care sector. Plus, of course it was wonderful to see Gerard shine and be recognised for the brilliant and talented person he is.

I worked with Gerard for 18 months prior to the commercial. My most memorable moments with him, besides doing the ad, was seeing him win an award at Tropfest, when he got his first job, and then his second at the Riverside Theatre. Gerard is such a character and definitely one in a million. I can’t imagine life without Gerard, which is excellent, as we’re still working on a number of projects together.

One of the things we’ve been working on is the Pathways to Leadership program. Together we have become facilitators of the program which means we get to host training groups and sessions on person-centred-practice (PCP), especially in preparation for the NDIS. We’ve been to loads of talks and conferences, presenting to different organisations, social workers, disability sector staff and families to discuss the importance of PCP. I think one of the reasons we work so well together is that we both simply want to get the message out there that we’re all people – no matter what differences we have – and by working together we truly demonstrate that.

For the last year I’ve also been teaching at Bankstown Tafe. I teach Certificate 111 in Disability Studies, Home and Community Care, and Aged Care. It all actually started because of Gerard. He and I used to be guest speakers for the courses and one of the teachers asked me if I’d like to try teaching. I jumped at the chance and have loved it ever since.

My favourite thing about teaching is inspiring the students and showing them that they have the potential to help someone else. I get to see their confidence grow throughout the course. One of the things I focus on while teaching is using positive language, both about the students, the people they will be caring for, the industry and life itself. I also make sure I include guest speakers in my teaching program as I know it excites my students when they meet real people from the sector. And guess who one of my guest speakers is? That’s right, it’s Gerard!

I’m not exactly sure what the future holds for me. I know that there will always be a need to help make a difference to the lives of others, whether through teaching, working with or supporting people. I am positive that I will continue to help others in whatever way I can, and in turn, hopefully the people that I help will be able to help someone else too.

Find out more about Maria & Gerad’s story on carecareers.

NDS Industry Innovation Awards

NDS Industry Innovation Awards

Nominations for the 2014 Disability Industry Innovation Awards close next week.

The Awards, which are delivered by NDS in partnership with the NSW Government, celebrate creative and life-changing approaches to service delivery.

This program provides the opportunity to formally recognise and reward innovation demonstrated by people and organisations that are making a positive difference for people with disability. This is your chance to nominate individuals, partnerships or organisations that have made an exceptionally innovative contribution to the NSW community and disability sector.

People with disability, their families and carers, along with everybody in the community, are encouraged to submit a nomination for the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is presented to the individual or organisation that best exemplifies the values of person centred support.

For more information on the NDS Industry Innovation Awards, please visit the NDS website.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 11 July 2014.

NDS Disability at Work Conference 2014


The NDS Disability at Work Conference is a two day national conference for disability service providers is focused on all matters employment. It is designed for employment service providers (both open and supported) and for people from across the disability sector involved in workforce planning, training, workplace relations and WHS.

The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, welfare reform, the review of the Modern Awards, challenges to wage setting arrangements, and the tight fiscal environment all contribute to a complex operating environment for disability support organisations.


Click here to register or find out more information.

care careers new look and Career Quiz now available in 10 languages


You may have noticed a few new changes on the carecareers website. We have recently launched our new site,  to help you discover the benefits and rewards the sector has to offer, while still maintaining that friendly support from our Careers Centre that you’re used to!


Our fun Career Quiz is now available in ten languages! It’s a great way to find out find out where your skills best fit within the disability and community care sector. So why not give it a try and find out where you might be best suited within the sector.

Comment and tell us which result you got!