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Given the variety of roles in which people may work supporting the health and wellbeing industry, and the differing levels of involvement with this sector that some of the more peripheral jobs may have, there is no particular route into working in these positions. General care services in the well-being sector can include rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, palliative care, aged care and others. They involve finding ways to help people to cope with physical difficulties, chronic illnesses and terminal conditions.
If you are interested in the wellbeing sector, but do not wish to work as a practitioner there are some things you could do to steer a career in this direction:
Health care services are many and varied. All are concerned with looking after patients or clients to optimise their health outcomes.
Some of the typical daily roles undertaken by people in this sector include:
Reviewing patient notes & physical health conditions
Assessing patient needs - physical (e.g. exercise, medications) and environmental (e.g. comfort, removing hazards)
Establishing treatment plans
Discussing plans & goals with patients
Setting health targets
Liaising with the patient's family (if applicable)
Interacting with other members of a multidisciplinary team
Making referrals to specialists
Arranging hospital admissions
Although it is possible to train in health care positions in higher education, there are also many alternative ways to get started in this sector. Sometimes people choose this type of career having done other things first.
For example, someone could spend a number of years in manufacturing but following redundancy decide that they would like to pursue a career in aged care. Another person may have always been interested in sport and exercise, maybe working as a gym instructor for example, but then choose to develop further into physiotherapy.
If you think that there are roles in general health care services which could appeal to you, there are some ways you can expose yourself to this sector and gain relevant experiences:
Once you have a position in health care services you should explore opportunities to advance your career. In some roles you may be provided with professional training on the job. This can include being offered workshops or seminars.
In other cases you may need to seek ways of improving your knowledge outside the workplace. You can do this by:
Those who are self-employed or employed in private practice should also seek to promote themselves. You can do this through social media, writing articles for organisations and bodies, and offering talks to related organisations.
Also look at diversifying your skill set - learn new types of skills so you can offer a broader range of services.