Wollongong Hospital, The

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

Address

Crown Street, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500/Private Mail Bag 8808, South Coast Mail Centre 2521

Website

http://islhnweb/

Manager / Contact

Carole BOWMAN- Physiotherapy Unit Head Wollongong Hospital

Email: carole.bowman@health.nsw.gov.au

Ph: (02) 42534516

No of FYGs

4 (10 total rotating through the district)

No of physios (PT) and assistants (A)

34 FTE physiotherapists, 4FTE AHA

No of hospital beds

480

FYG Clinical Rotations

Critical Care rotation (2 new grads at a time), orthopaedics inpatients/MS outpatients rotation, aged care inpatients rotation. All rotations are 10 or 11 weeks and are part of ISLHD Physiotherapy New Graduate Program.

Working hours

Critical Care new graduates on 14 day Roster- Work 7 evening shifts 1pm to 9.30pm (plus on call) and 3 days shifts.

Other graduates work Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm.

Allocated day off every four weeks in consultation with team and Unit Head.

Weekend shifts

Critical Care new grads are required to work every second weekend (1-9.30pm).

New graduates on ortho/OP and aged care rotations may be required to work 1-2 weekends per rotation.

Evening shifts

Critical Care new grads are required to work mainly evening shifts (1-9.30pm).

Accommodation

Staff accommodation on site at Wollongong Hospital, if available.

Travel

Wollongong Train Station 700m from hospital. Free Wollongong Shuttle Bus stop at hospital. Staff parking is available for a small fee. Street parking is usually available within 3-4 blocks of the hospital at most times.

Orientation Process

Corporate orientation 1/2 day + eMR training 1/2 day - remaining orientation completed online via HETI learning modules. Site and department orientation on first day of each new rotation. ISLHD Physiotherapy New Graduate Handbook supplied as part of ISLHD Physiotherapy New Graduate Program.

 

Education programs

Monthly physio staff inservices, fortnightly clinical group inservices and also a specific graduate education programme including inservices and tutorials. Optional attendance at weekly orthopaedic mutlidisc team x-ray meetings for ortho/OP new grad.

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

Current NSW drivers license (or equivalent).

Social Activities

Wollongong is 1 hr south of Sydney and is situated on the coast but also boasts a beautiful escarpment- this allows for many outdoor activities. Outdoor activities include beautiful bushwalks in local national parks, cycling path along the coastline, rock climbing, surfing and many others. Wollongong physios have a social netball team and a surfing group. Other cultural and social activities include local theatre groups, dance studios, visiting the numerous art galleries, concerts/shows/sporting events at the WIN entertainment centre or local theatres. Wollongong also has many budding small bars and coffee shops and is a short drive to local wineries.

Support Mechanisms

 ISLHD Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential, and professional counselling service for all staff. ISLHD Physiotherapy senior staff are friendly and supportive.

Annual Leave Policy

Only 2 weeks of annual leave will be approved during the new graduate year. All leave is granted at the discretion of the Unit Head Physiotherapists for individual sites, taking into account the needs of the service. No leave can be taken for the first 3 months or during the critical care rotation. We try to spread the leave taken across all sites.