What's it like to be a Support Coordinator?
A Support Coordinator works with individuals to formalise a support plan and help them to engage different supports. The aim of a Support Coordinator is to build capacity in different individuals, such as students, the elderly, those with a disability or people with mental health issues.
Tasks and duties
- Working closely with clients to identify their needs, personalise support and ensure they are receiving appropriate services.
- Promoting and fostering independent decision-making, including choice and control.
- Coordinating and liaising with service providers, and reviewing goals and jointly determining new ones with client.
Support Coordinators are compassionate individuals who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. An ability to meet defined outcomes and deadlines is necessary for Support Coordinators, as is the ability to build rapport with a diverse range of people.
Support Coordinators may be employed in settings such as community health, mental health, NDIS and family services.
What can I earn as a Support Coordinator?
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How to become a Support Coordinator
- Undertake study in an allied health profession. This may be a bachelor-level degree or a Certificate-level course in disability support, developmental education, welfare work or Aboriginal health.
- Check whether you need to be registered with a professional organisation to practice (such as the Australian Association of Social Workers).
- There are many opportunities for support coordinators wishing to further their career, such as further education or becoming a specialist support coordinator.