Possability is a not-for-profit organisation, providing quality individual and flexible support options to people with disability, children and young people with a history of adversity.
We have a vision for a world where everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential. We believe that freedom and independence are fundamental human rights. We are committed to providing a quality service designed to be responsive and flexible to individual needs to enable people to achieve their personal goals.
About The Role:
A Disability Support Worker Level 2A oversees and provides leadership to a team (up to 12) of Disability Support Workers in a community group home.
In this role you will collaborate and consult with managers and employees, government and non-government service providers, community groups, and other parties in the delivery of service and care for our participants. You will participate in the monitoring and evaluation of service performance and participant outcomes. You have highly developed leadership, management experience, and are passionate about equality and human rights for all.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to;
- Provide practice support and supervision to team members.
- Directly support people with disabilities, within their home and community, participate in a range of life areas (including social, recreational, and daily living activities) based on the goals of individual support plans.
- Advocate for people with a disability to improve participant outcomes.
- Record and maintain participant data, report observations and ensure accuracy
- Contribute to the development and maintenance of participant support plans.
- Administer medication, treatments, and therapies or seek appropriate medical assistance according to prescribed protocols.
- Conduct interviews with people living with a disability their families and other professionals to determine individual participant goals in order to identify appropriate support and activities.
- Develop and maintain participant support plans (including health specific or positive behaviour plans for people with complex needs).
- Provide information, advice and referral, where required, to crisis intervention services for people with a disability, their families, carers and/or service providers.
- Manage a caseload that comprises people with a disability, their families and carers who present with a variety of known and predictable needs (under professional supervision).
- Accurately prepare reports, proposals and complete case notes.
- Provide information for service administration and reports and ensure records (such as accounts) are accurate and up to date.
- Contribute to staff team planning, service functioning and planning, work process improvements, day to day administration.
- Convey information, to participants and their families, and other people in the lives of participants.
- Identify areas of improvement regarding participant need and house matters.
- Develop options for improving work processes and raise with the supervisor.
- Coordinate and negotiate with family members, health services, activity providers, and other community services to help meet daily participant needs and/or to plan support for future participant requirements.
- Model best practice and support colleagues and, where applicable, community-based direct support staff to understand policies and practice standards in managing complex participants.
- Use initiative to identify areas of service improvement relating to participant needs.
- Liaise with a range of external agencies including police, court, and justice system.
- Work, with access to supervision, in a range of organisational relationships as a senior member of a direct support team in a service with more complex support requirements.
- Identify risks to participants, colleagues, community, and self and intervene to minimise risks that might compromise health, safety, and wellbeing.
- Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department’s occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
- Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact participants and the department’s ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.
Advanced Disability Support Workers provide support and information for people with disabilities across their lifecycle in all domains of life to enable access to a quality life with dignity, respect, and social inclusion in the least restrictive environments. At this level, you are based in a group home, providing in-service support including intake/response and case management.
To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the following attributes;
- Advanced Diploma Disability Work, Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability), registered or eligible to be registered as a Mental Retardation Nurse or other qualifications relevant to this role and recognised within Department of Human and Health Services guidelines as being equivalent.
- A current Working with Children Check (WWCC) card is required and will need to be provided prior to commencement of employment, Currency will need to be maintained by the employee for the period of employment.
- A level 2 First Aid Certificate is required.
- Police Check
- A full driver’s licence would be desirable/is required.