Nicole has worn many hats throughout the years’ such as administration, management and hospitality to name a few.
Nicole has always wanted to be in the nursing field as she is passionate about helping others. Nicole decided to finally pursue this dream after raising her ten-year-old, eight-year-old and four-year-old.
Nicole completed her Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate III in Disability. Completing her work experience in aged care within a residential care facility based in Merewether.
This experience gave Nicole an insight into personal care and proved that this is where she wanted to be, helping people.
Nicole decided to apply for a Disability Support Worker position with Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Nicole worked within a range of group homes including children’s respite.
It is here, that Nicole has polished her skills dealing with a range of different clients with varying needs. During this time, Nicole also completed in-depth training in many areas such as; ISBAR (Identify, Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation, ICABS (Inclusive Communication and Behaviour Support) and Person-Centred Active Support.
Nicole has extensive experience in behaviours, bowel care, lifters, modified equipment, medication management and dysphagia to name a few. Nicole has also been working in conjunction with a local Occupational Therapist providing allied health assistance to clients.
Nicole successfully completed two years of the Bachelor of Nursing at Newcastle University with a distinction average and has put this on hold to concentrate on the Certificate IV in Disability in preparation for the 2020 new regulations. Nicole intends to incorporate community nursing into the support services provided to assist her clients to receive the best possible outcomes, whilst maintaining independence.
After successfully completing her first year as a student registered nurse, Nicole is now a qualified Assistant in Nursing and continues to grow as she enters her second year of nursing at Newcastle university. Nicole has undertaken an accelerated summer psychology course as her third year elective for nursing, which condenses 6 months of first year psychology into 2 months, passing with a credit. Nicole has a genuine interest in this field and hopes to use this newfound knowledge in her everyday work with clients.
Nicole holds her Senior First Aid, Working with children check, and National Police Check all of which can be sighted by prospective clients.
“It is my passion to provide quality care, bring joy and empower people to be the best they can be”
Greg is currently undertaking study in the certificate IV in disability. Greg has transitioned into the disability sector after many years within management in the print industry for Sony, and also as a HR driver within the waste management industry.
Greg made a career change after experiencing the many rewarding aspects of disability care, and after many positive reviews from satisfied clients. Greg’s expertise lie in the field of yard maintenance, community access and individual skills development.
Enjoying a range of different pastimes, Greg has found clients who share similar interests as him and as such, has developed some close bonds. Greg enjoys watching the UFC, competing in running events, supporting clients with boxing sessions and athletics coaching to name a few. Greg holds his level 1 recreational running coaching certificate and he himself is an elite runner with his biggest achievement being sub50 in the City to Surf. Greg was also the very first person to go under sub17 in the Maitland Parkrun. Greg has represented Penrith in touch football for many years and back in the day was also selected for the NSW team and whilst competing in Fiji, was selected for the Australian International friendly game against Fiji. Greg is an avid NRL fan and particularly enjoys assisting clients to local footy games and is on the Knights bandwagon this year with a membership to access all games.
We are pleased to have Greg onboard as he has been invaluable within the field of sports and a true green thumb! You only need to check out our Facebook page to see the before and after shots of his yard maintenance handy work, to see how enthusiastic he is and what a difference he has made.
Around work, Greg enjoys getting away in the caravan with his family, alongside supporting his ten-year-old to mixed martial arts sessions, his eight-year-old to rugby and his four-year-old to dancing lessons.
“It is my goal to have my clients reach their full potential for the goals that they set for themselves, alongside having fun whilst doing so”
Assistant in Nursing/Supervisor
Savannah is a qualified Assistant in Nursing with 5 years experience. She too began her journey in the healthcare industry as a Certificate III Assistant in Nursing, and recently worked within the aged care sector in a residential facility. Savannah’s role was a Certificate IV team leader and she lead a team of up to 7 staff.
It was during this time that she obtained her Certificate IV in Leisure and Health and has completed her Certificate IV in Mental Health, alongside currently studying her Bachelor of Nursing at Newcastle university, averaging at a distinction level.
Savannah holds her Certificate III in childcare, National Police check, current First Aid and Mental-Health First Aid Certificates. Savannah has expertise in all lifters, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding, bowel care, wound management and mobility aids to name a few.
She is a hard-working individual who understands the importance of developing a person-centred therapeutic relationship with her clients, as well as providing and maintaining a supportive environment where her clients are valued and given the opportunity to succeed.
“It is my mission to provide the support, encouragement and compassion needed for my clients to flourish”
Disability Support Worker
Reece is currently completing his diploma in community services through online study and his Certificate IV in Disability. Reece has had a number of years experience in the disability sector working in both individual and group settings.
Reece has worked in varying roles from organising and running youth group programs to taking clients on supported holidays and trips including a cruise to Moreton island and numerous trips to the gold coast and Sydney.
Reece has a background in youth work where he worked with troubled youths in out of home care. In this he gained a wealth of knowledge and skills in supporting young people and dealing with high stress and challenging situations on a daily basis. Whilst a youth worker Reece completed training in therapeutic crisis intervention and crisis restraints.
Reece started his commitment to helping people after graduating from the NSW police academy and completing a number of years serving the community of the Hunter gaining valuable experience along the way.
Reece enjoys supporting clients in anyway possible from assisting with house cleaning and yard work to cooking and horse riding and everything in between.
“It is my promise to give my best for my clients, nurturing their own personal journey of growth and development in whatever facet that may be”
Disability Support Worker/Case Manager
Kim has studied her Diploma of Management and Diploma of Government, she is currently studying the Diploma in Alcohol and other Drugs and her Certificate IV in Disability.
Kim has worked in various fields such as disability, real estate, government, advertising and hospitality. Kim owned and operated a cafe business for a period of three years employing up to eight staff at any one time.
I’m a fun, energetic, positive 49yr old mother and grandmother who enjoys life.
I have travelled through Australia and lived in many communities, making many friends along the way.
I enjoy listening to music, especially live music. I also enjoy riding my motorbike, spending time with my grandchild, watching movies, beach walks, bush walks, dining out, fishing, cooking, dancing, shopping and meeting new people.
I have devoted time over the years as a volunteer on various committees, fundraising for local communities and people in need. I have directed workshops for small to medium groups in skills such as art and cooking.
“I am a passionate soul who loves people”.
Disability Support Worker
After 27 years’ working as the accountant for the Australian operations of a multi-national company, Chris retired from full time employment in mid 2017. Chris is now enjoying helping the valued clients of Chisholm Community Health Care with their yard and house maintenance.
Chris is the father of two daughters who both work in the health care industry and is the grandfather to 7 grandchildren. Chris runs the lego club at East Maitland library each month when up to forty 5-12 year olds have a chance to build the months’ challenge. Chris also enjoys building his own collections to share with the children.
Together with his wife, Chris has developed award-winning Australian native plant garden with fruit trees and a productive vegetable patch being added. Additionally, Chris is a member of the Australian Plants Society, MacTalk Hunter Apple user group and Friends of Maitland library. Chris is an avid reader, finishing around seventy books per year! Other interest include spending time with his grandchildren, environmental appreciation, crossword puzzles (including cryptics), jigsaw puzzles, push bike riding, listening to music and trips to the movies.
“I believe in working hard to satisfy my clients’ needs”
Disability Support Worker
Davids main focus is on community access and activities for clients with higher needs. David will be completing his Certificate IV in Disability this year and will continue to up skill in his new career.
“It is my mission to always give my all to best fulfil my clients needs”
Disability Support Worker
Daniel has a number of years’ of experience working within teams and in fast paced environments where he has had to keep on his toes. He is proficient with math and science, studying it at university, and is more than happy to help with any tutoring or schooling. Daniel is easy going, loves a good laugh, and above else is caring for others and their needs. He is into his technology and sports and loves to discuss it.
Daniel has learnt a lot in this industry from observing how his fellow work colleagues support their clients, and from his mother, who is highly experienced in the industry. He has strong leadership skills, and is able to relate to social concerns among today’s youth, as chances are he’s been in these situations himself. Daniel is also studying his Certificate IV in Disability.
“Daniel will always value the care and wellbeing of others above all else”
Disability Support Worker
‘Bio to come’