I started 20 years ago, after my cousin became a wheelchair user and needed a carer. I went on to obtain my AIN Certificate 3 and spent 13 years working as a nurse in the community, supporting all different levels of care needs and disabilities. This is where I became very interested in advocating for people with disabilities and became experienced in working in a person centred approach. I couldn’t think of a better career choice and hope to spend another 20 years doing what I love.
I first started my career as a support worker with Northcott in 2014. The NDIS had just begun to roll out in Newcastle and I was the first support worker to have a NDIS client through Northcott. Chloe had been very specific about the sort of person she was looking for, and luckily, I was exactly what she wanted! That was the beginning of an awesome journey that Chloe and I are still on today!
I had just turned 19 when I first heard of this NDIS business. I was told that I could pick someone that would help me achieve some goals and overcome some of the anxiety that I had about things that most people wouldn't even think of. I was asked what I wanted in a support worker and I told them very specific details, and amazingly they found Emma and since then, we have been achieving things I never thought I could do, and getting closer to the life that I want to live.
Since working as a support worker with homeless people in 1991 in the UK, Liz has spent the last 25 years supporting people and families to develop their capacity to live full and interesting lives. She now works with Northcott in Sydney as their Manager of Inclusive Practice.