Employment | Well Being | Social Inclusion
Building Your Capacity with Heart
This philosophy empowers people to build the skills and independence they need to achieve their goals – in the most supportive way:
- Finding and Keeping a Job – including School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES);
- Improved Health & Wellbeing; and
- Improved Daily Living.
Psychologists, exercise physiologists and disability workers provide:
- Ongoing counselling, psychological interventions and assessments;
- Customised exercise programs to improve physical functioning, strength and fitness
- Work towards a client’s training and vocational goals.
Joanne struggled with depression and the prospect of homelessness. A Cert III in Business Admin enabled her to become a child care educator.
Sharon’s dream to work with children. Her employers at Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation were elated when she got her Cert III in Children’s Services.
Peter overcame a disability he sustained from a car accident. He’s now really shining in his job and just celebrated one year with Hungry Jacks.
Finding and Keeping a Job
Employment mentors, disability workers, psychologists and exercise physiologists empower people to build the skills they need to achieve their employment goals.
- Job readiness preparation – Resume building, interview skills, presentation tips, workplace expectations.
- Personal development – Vocational assessments and training, ongoing counselling, psychological interventions and customised exercise programs.
- Job searching – Finding the right workplace, marketing your skills to employers, work experience, job placement and opportunities to start your own business.
- Support in the Workplace – Mentoring and advice to help you thrive in your new job
Customised Exercise Program
Exercise physiologists customise exercise programs to improve people’s quality of life and empower them to achieve their health and wellness goals.
- Improve physical functioning, strength and fitness
- Improve muscle and bone strength
- Improve postural control
- Improve balance and reducing risk of falls
- Reduce pain
- Reduce risk of mental health concerns
Quadriplegic Stephen McCormick feels like a totally different person since he got his job. His confidence and attitude has been lifted.
Adam overcame his childhood ADHD diagnosis to get a job he loves at Apresto Acrylics. His exceptional attention to detail will soon see him trained on the CAD System – a great role for a self-confessed tech-head.
Improved Well Being
Sarina Russo’s psychologists and exercise physiologists help people set goals, make plans, improve their social inclusion and ability to engage in education, training, employment.
- Teach coping mechanisms to tackle everyday tasks;
- Develop personal skills and confidence;
- Improve collaboration between key service partners, family and carers;
- Increase community participation; and
- Achieve self-reliance and independence.
STAR Australian athlete Samuel Rizzo always goes the extra yard – just ask his employers at Astec Equipment Services and the person responsible for the job placement – Sarina Russo Apprenticeships Industry Consultant Bridie Smolenaers.
A member of the Australian Paralympic Squad where he puts his body through torturous daily training sessions is his customised wheel-chair, Samuel is also an equally valued team member at Astec Equipment Services.
Born with spina bifida, Samuel, 19, commenced his Apprenticeship in Certificate III Engineering – Fabrication Trade in January and he is now making wheelchairs for his fellow disabled residents of Ballarat read more..