Activity: Other Engagement › Public outreach › Industry
Rationale The role out of NDIS heralds a changing world for all things mental health, and disability. For employers, pivotal to success in that new world, is the capacity to recruit new, and effective support workers. Moreover, there is an ethical responsibility to both staff and clients, for organisations to match employees well to their recruited roles-particularly the roles provided by front-line staff.
Process To facilitate effective recruitment, we have created the first of a series of Attributional Tools. These tools provide a self-assessment of strengths and of areas for development to assist potentials workers to identify their learning and career development pathways. Built using best-practice research principles, including ethics approval with Charles Sturt University, the tools are reverse engineered from the experience of front-line staff identified as excellent in their roles, along with their managers, with results then screened by a panel of subject matter experts. Our first Attributional tool targets the Mental Health Support Worker Role.
With a monthly online intake, the tool provides new and existing staff with an opportunity to become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the mental health support worker role. Taking approximately 45 minutes to complete in full, the tool is formatted as an online quiz, exploring how well the individual performs on nine, industry bench-marked attributes. Alternatively, the individual can choose to complete each attribute section of the quiz separately, saving the content and completing sections as and when you can.