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VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Raj Coosna Residential Care Officer Independence Australia Melbourne
VIDEO: Raj Coosna walking into client’s house.
AUDIO: I wanted to start with a course. To be honest with you, disability was not even in my head.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna assisting a wheelchair-bound client in their home.
AUDIO: I came from a different background when I moved to Australia. This was my biggest learning curve.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna sitting in the office.
VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Raj Coosna, Residential Care Officer
AUDIO: I work for Independence Australia and the main idea is it’s empowering people…
VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Independence Australia Melbourne
VIDEO: Raj Coosna showing a client how to operate a bed hoist.
AUDIO: For the last two years now I’ve been in that position - the support worker. Taking care of the whole facility as a team leader.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna assisting a client with the bed hoist.
AUDIO: Working with the people, helping them and supporting them in their daily activity.
AUDIO: I start from nine and I finish at five every day, Monday to Friday.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna in the garden with a client watering the plants.
AUDIO: Independence Australia is also a Registered Training Organisation. On the job training at the same time working as a trainee worker, you can complete this course.
VIDEO: A care officer assisting a wheelchair-bound client to their place at a communal table and other clients knitting.
AUDIO: Of course it depends on the residents, how you interact with them. Some of them really like their privacy, some of them like fun and this is what I enjoy a lot.
AUDIO: If they trust you then they know they are in good hands.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna and a colleague preparing some food with clients.
AUDIO: I think this is the most honourable work in this industry because you really care for someone and it makes you feel good.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna working on the computer in the office.
AUDIO: You don’t have to know everything. We’ve got a very clear and good support system in that way, why not you know, it’s just a pathway.
VIDEO: Raj Coosna talking and smiling while walking through the facility.
AUDIO: You can start here today and you don’t know where you can go in this field.
VIDEO: (fade to black)
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Students may be eligible for government-subsidised training. This is only offered by training providers who have a contract with the Victorian Government to deliver government-subsidised training.
If you're eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of the training.
Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol . Course availability data is sourced from the Australian Course Information Register.
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