Jobs boost for mental health sector

BOOST: Mental health.
Nanjing Night Net

Up to 800 new jobs areanticipatedin the disability sector within theMid North and Yorke Peninsula once the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)is fully rolled out across South Australia.

The NDIS is expected to create about 6000 new jobs inSouth Australiaby thetime the full schemein is rolled out in July 2018, many of which will be in regionalareas.

Recent modelling by the National Disability Insurance Agency shows up to 800 jobs will be created in the region, up from about 200 existing jobs.

However an exact number of the jobs to be generated in Whyalla is unknown at this point in time.

Disability Minister Leesa Vlahos was in Whyalla on Tuesdayand urgedlocals seeking work, or those looking for a new career direction, toconsider a position the disability sector.

“We know there is a huge job growth in this sector, that’s from personal care to behind the scenes work such as administration, transport, coordination, resources, there are a variety of jobs there,” she said.

“Residents may want to consider a career change into an area which is very satisfying, everyone I’ve met with working in this sector has found it deeply rewarding.”

Ms Vlahos said new businesses would be moving into the sector, allowing patients to have a choice of their care provider.

“The idea of NDIS is that it’s consumer-led decision making, families and their care providers will be decidinghow these resources will be spent,” she said.

“Whether they want to have day activities or have someone come in and help them in their home.”

“We know thatthis is the fastest-growing job area across the state in the next couple of years.”

Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said the NDIS would go a ‘long way’ to addressing the need for direct support in the disability sector.

“There’s a range of needs in this area, I’ve come across people that have got all sorts of potential and want to be involved with life but are facing huge barriers in the way.”

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