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Senior Support Worker - Newnham

Dementia Australia
  • Attractive salary packaging options available
  • Fixed term contract until December 2023
  • Choose your hours – Part time or full time! (4 or 5 days a week)

Dementia Australia is the national peak body and source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. Our commitment to a shared set of values shapes our decisions, actions and behaviours towards achieving our core purpose and strategic priorities.

  • We connect by promoting a people centred way of working and respecting all
  • We collaborate in a supportive manner with each other, other teams, clients and external parties
  • We commit to our purpose and direction, accountable for our actions and support the innovations, reshaping the way we do things

Based out of Newnham, Tasmania the Senior Support Worker will aim to build on the strengths, capacity and goals of each person living with dementia to maximise their independence and improve their quality of life. The Senior Support Worker will support the clients to participate in meaningful activities and maintain social engagement through individual and group programs within the local community and respite services.

Reporting directly to the State Manager, Client Services you will also be responsible for:

  • Providing ongoing mentoring and behavioural support and guidance to colleagues around quality client and dementia care
  • Facilitating activities for people living with dementia and providing opportunities for involvement to maintain their skills and abilities while promoting personal choice
  • Assisting in the development of individual support plans and maintaining an up to date understanding of the persons wellbeing needs, and providing support to the client and family/carer to understand the changing circumstances that may be associated with a progression of dementia
  • Ensuring that all client activity, including incidents and service reports and other appropriate information is accurately documented in accordance with professional and legal standards

To be successful in this role you will be a team player, show an absolute commitment to the delivery of high-quality dementia services and support and meet the key selection criteria outlined below.

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. An understanding of dementia and its impact on the person with dementia, their family and carers
  2. Previous experience in a similar role within a community or respite service
  3. Ability to engage in meaningful relationships with people with dementia, support their abilities, promote their dignity and provide reassurance and validation of their feelings
  4. Ability to plan and facilitate age-appropriate activities based on the interest of participants
  5. Ability to create and sustain an environment that supports and empowers people with dementia
  6. Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  7. Demonstrated high level of verbal, written and interpersonal communication


  • Certificate III in Aged Care or demonstrated equivalent experience.
  • Qualification and experience in diversional therapy will be highly desirable.

If you thrive on activity and are looking for the next challenge as part of a dynamic team, we would like to hear from you. In return you will be offered a flexible and supportive environment as well as a number of attractive staff benefits. You will be making a difference in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and friends.

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