Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital

Participating hospital information updated Friday 29th July 2016. Please contact specific hospitals if further information is required.


Woodlands Rd, KATOOMBA NSW 2780


Manager / Contact

Penny LEES

Phone: (02) 4784 6626

Fax: (02) 47846985

No of FYGs

2, on 6 monthly rotation

No of physios (PT) and assistants (A)

7 Physio FTE; 1.5 TA FTE

No of hospital beds


FYG Clinical Rotations

  • 6 month rotation at Blue Mountains Hospital - 12 weeks inpatient rehabilitation /  12 weeks acute inpatients/ some outpatients
  • 6 month rotation with Primary Care and Community health

Working hours

  • Blue Mountains Hospital: General duty hours - 8.00am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, with an Allocated Day off once per month.



Weekend shifts

 FYGs are expected to participate in the weekend roster (8 hours on Saturdays, 4 hours on Sundays)

Evening shifts

No evening or on call shifts


Accomodation may be possible in Nurses Home at a cost. This needs to be organised prior to commencement.


Train to Leura or Katoomba railway stations. 15-20 min walk from station.

Orientation Process

  • Contact the Physiotherapy Department Head at Blue Mountains Hospital immediately following Allocation.
  • The Physiotherapy Department has close links with Nepean Hospital, Springwood & Lithgow Hospitals and Community Health
  • 2 day district orientation - Topics covered in NBMLHD Orientation for New Graduates include manual handling, WH&S, traction, cast application and removal, respiratory assessment for adults and paediatrics, brace application, mobility assessments, basic life support (BLS), and electronic medical records (Cerner).
  • Departmental orientation will include: selection and orientation to first clinical area, patient statistics, department policy and procedures, introduction to staff and allocation of quality projects.
  • Allied Health New Graduate Program handbook will be supplied.
  • New graduate clinical orientation is provided at the commencement of each rotation.
  • Uniform provided: teal shirt/navy pants.
  • The staff are friendly and supportive.

Education programs

  • Fortnightly inservices
  • Webinars
  • NBMLHD Interprofessional peer group sessions (4-5 throughout the year)
  • Annual Physiotherapy Professional Development Day
  • Opportunities for Study Leave and funding support for external education, is available upon request and approval


Pre-Requisites e.g. D/L; Interest in clinical areas relevant to facility

Drivers Licence

Knowledge of inpatient rehabilitation & Respiratory physiotherapy

Social Activities

  • Bushwalking, camping, abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, horse riding, touch football, golf
  • Cafes & restaurants, "Yulefest", "Winter Magic" festival, markets most weekends, Blue Mountains Music Festival, arts and crafts
  •  Indoor heated swimming pool, gyms and basketball centre.

Support Mechanisms


  • Allied Health Educational Sessions
  • New Graduate Interprofessional Peer Learning sessions
  • Senior Superivision program as per the HETI "Superguide"
  • Physiotherapy New Graduate Coordinator
  • NBMLHD Employee Assistance Program

Annual Leave Policy

Annual leave is usually not approved for New Graduates in their first year of work. However, it may be considered under exceptional circumstances, and requires approval from the Department Head