How did you end up working in Aged Care?
I worked in a mine in Kalgoorlie for nearly 7 years as a heavy machinery operator/trainer and assessor. I loved it. One of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. I met people from all walks of life. It was the mining boom so everybody was there: I met doctors, lawyers, police officers, beauticians who all wanted to fulfil every little boy’s dream of driving big trucks!
…and then… we had a family and when you have a family they require a lot and I was doing 14/15 hour shifts and so I decided that I had to take a step back to become a Dad rather than a mine worker. I’ve now got 4 boys aged 16, 13, 11 and 7.
So we made the decision to come back East to where of our family was for the support. I was a supervisor at Australian Concrete Posts for 2 years after coming back. This was hard physical work with early starts and late finishes so I still wasn’t able to be the Dad I needed to be….
So I decided to do my Cert III in Disability/Aged Care to give me a more flexible work life so that I could be with my family.

So what happened next?
The transition to Aged Care was what I expected. I did get that family/work life balance after doing the course and getting a job in a facility at the Adventist Nursing Home at Alstonville and I worked there for nearly 5 years before applying to St Carthages.

Why did you apply?
I was on constant night shift at the Nursing Home which means you need to sleep during the day. Even though it allowed me some flexibility I was still losing family time due to the need to sleep.
So I decided to apply for St Carthages as it allowed me the opportunity for day time work, flexible hours and St CCC is really accomodating with my availability. I had worked with a staff member at St CCC before and she gave me a run down on the types of job available.

What do you like about it?
The flexibility is awesome. The management is some of the best quality management I have seen: always more than willing to help, easy to talk to…The work life balance that you get out of it is pretty phenomenal. I do get time now to spend with my kids whilst still doing the hours that I need to, to be able to afford life. I honestly can’t speak highly enough of it.
I also like the clients that I see. The clients in a home care situation rather than a residential situation are so happy because they are in their own surroundings and they can still be themselves, because we provide the services that they need to maintain their independence.

Nathin Payne • Community Care Worker – Aged Care & Disability

How did you end up working in Aged Care?
I had two sisters that were working in Aged Care who had been harassing me for years to do it and I said that it wasn’t my thing. I worked in an office; I worked for the Cookie Company; I did the “graveyard shift” and in the end, I had enough of that. So I thought: “I will bite the bullet and give it a go.”

So what happened next?
So I joined St Carthage’s. I got my First Aid Certificate and joined as a Community Care Cleaner. It was what I expected it to be but in the end I just didn’t want to do 8 hours of cleaning every day.

How did you make the move into a Community Care Worker role?
So I spoke to Karla, the HR Manager and she put me in touch with ACE Community College and I did the Aged Care Cert III. I continued working at the Cookie Company and at St Carthage’s so I could complete that certificate.

How long did it take you?
I started it in November 2021 and finished in February 2022, just before the flood. Once I put my mind to something, I get stuck into it and get it done!

Once I obtained my Cert III, St Carthage’s transferred me from a cleaning role to a Community Care Worker role.

What do you like about being a CCW?
I like the people. It’s nice meeting different people. I like listening to their stories. I like not being stuck in an office all day. It’s good that St Carthages allows you to move up and do something different.

I am now also doing some NDIS work which I thoroughly enjoy.

You get to travel around. The days are never boring. As long as you are happy to do the kilometres – you get to see the country side!

Some people don’t like driving but it doesn’t bother me. It’s my ‘down time’

Sharon Fish • Community Care Worker – Aged Care & Disability