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Ageing, Disability and Home Care

Lois Lau

What is ADHC?

Westmead is one of the large residential centres of metro residences. I work at the Kuranda Unit which provides care to clients’ who are totally dependent. Effectively, this means most of them are wheelchair bound and they cannot verbally communicate with other people.

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Why did you join ADHC and what is your role

I was aware of the nature of the job ten years before I joined ADHC. At first, I thought working with people with intellectual disabilities was not the kind of nursing that I wanted to do and on reflection I’m glad that I did take that initial first step in 1999. I commenced my career as a casual staff member and over time I became more dedicated and entrenched in my work and I became a permanent member of staff in 2002. I really think my first incentive was to use my knowledge to help disadvantaged people of the community.

As a registered nurse my role is three fold:

  1. Managerial: I am responsible for some managerial duties when they are assigned to me by my immediate superior. I also take on added managerial responsibilities in the absence of my immediate superior the Residential Unit Nurse Manager.
  2. Education: I work in a team environment and as a Registered Nurse I am happy to share my knowledge and skills with my colleagues who are Enrolled Nurses and Assistants in Nursing.
  3. Clinical: In the course of the day I carry out my nursing duties to ensure our clients are properly cared for physically, medically, socially and psychologically. As a Registered Nurse I have to be alert and able to indentify any underlying medical health problems the clients’ may have and I need to be involved in the treatment of their illnesses. I also act as an advocate for our clients to provide them with a voice.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is to be able to assist the clients to continue the enjoyment of good health and live happy lives.

Would you recommend your job to others?

I certainly would recommend the job to others; however I need to reassure those people who are considering a career in nursing that they will only be rewarded for their work in terms of job satisfaction if they focus on the holistic well being of people with intellectual disabilities.

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