Macarthur Health Service

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


Therry Road, CAMPBELLTOWN NSW 2560


Manager / Contact

Lukas Szymanek

Phone: 02 4634 3886

Mob: 0477 393 621


No of FYGs


No of physios (PT) and assistants (A)

21 FTE, 4 Physiotherapy Technical Assistants

No of hospital beds


FYG Clinical Rotations

 FYG's participate in 4 rotations throughout the year, rotation length is 3 months

At present FYG's have the opportunity to gain experience in the following clinical areas

  • Cardiorespiratory

(Campbelltown) This involves working in ICU/HDU, cardiology, surgical and respiratory wards. Opportunities may exist to gain experience in pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs. This includes acute respiratory, abdominal surgical, acute neurological and orthopaedic and cardiology patients.


  • Paedatric/Musculoskeletal Outpatients

(Campbelltown) This rotation involves working with both adult musculoskeletal outpatients as well as paedatric outpatients including plaster and fracture clinics.


  • Aged Care

(Campbelltown) This rotation involves working on Aged Care, MAU and General Medical wards with the opportunity to gain experience in emergency department.


  • Rehabilitation

(Camden) This rotation involves working in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with patients with neurological and orthopaedic conditions, deconditioning and lower limb amputations.



Working hours

FYG's hours of work are 0800 to 1630 Monday to Friday, unless working a weekend shift as outlined below.

FYG will be entitled to take 1 ADO each month, this is negotiated with senior and team leader staff within the rotation.



Weekend shifts

All FYG participate in the public holiday, weekend and on call roster

  • Weekend shift is Saturday or Sunday, working times are 8.00am to 4.30pm
  • On call roster is for working the weekend shift only in the case of illness or emergency of the rostered staff member
  • Weekend shifts are rostered in advance and all staff have the opportunity to nominate availability
  • Weekend shifts will incur a day in lieu which will be taken in the same week that the weekend shift was worked



Evening shifts

There are no evening shifts or overnight on call rosters



No accomodation available onsite


Macarthur Health Service consists of 2 hospitals, Camden Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital. Campbelltown Hospital is the larger acute facility with a large emergency department, theatres, ICU/HDU and all acute wards. Musculoskeletal outpatients, Pulmonary rehabilitation and falls groups run in the Physiotherapy outpatient Department. Camden Hospital is the smaller sub acute facility with rehabilitation, palliative care, community services and physiotherapy outpatient rehabilitation.

All physiotherapy staff work across both hospitals. All rotating staff are required to have the flexibility to work at both sites and driving between sites during the day may occur to attend fracture clinics and department meetings and inservices. A drivers licence and own car will be necessary to fulfil these requirements.

Campbelltown Hospital is easily accessible via the M5/Hume Highway or 15 minute walk from Macarthur or Campbelltown train stations. Camden Hospital is a 15 minute drive from Campbelltown Hospital and has limited public transport options. There is free offsite parking available to staff at each facility.




Orientation Process

Each FYG will complete mandatory online orientation modules and 1 day face to face facility orientation program within the first month.

Each FYG will receive a department orientation manual and in-depth department orientation on the first day which will include information about the department structure, procedures and expectations. A comprehensive FYG training series will occur throughout the first month to include a series of tutorials and practical sessions on manual handling, prioritisation, basics of assessment and treatment and casting and bracing.

Orientation to each clinical area will occur at the start of each rotation and all FYG staff will be orientated and complete the required training to prepare for working weekends within the first 3 months.


Education programs

There is ongoing professional development within the department including departmental and clinical area inservice program, EBP sessions, group complex case review. Opportunities are available to attend weekly facility medical, nursing and aged care grand rounds.

The department has a strong focus on EBP and quality improvement and assists all staff to be involved in this process. Regular EBP/Quality presentation sessions are held within the department to share current projects and improvements.

FYG's are encouraged and supported to attend appropriate internal and external professional development opportunities which are in line with their current clinical rotations and professional goals.


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

FYG's will be notified of their rotations prior to starting and are advised to review relevant university/practicum material prior to commencing in each rotation.


Social Activities

The local area has major shopping centres, cinemas, sporting clubs and facilities, local wineries and cafes.

Support Mechanisms

All FYG's will be well supported by a senior during each rotation. Formal clinical supervision will occur on a weekly basis and may include joint treatment sessions, inservices, complex case review or goal setting. Seniors and other experienced physiotherapy staff will be available on a daily basis to assist with workload management, prioritisation and clinical reasoning. FYG staff will be provided with objective constructive feedback on their performance using skills checklists and competency assessments.

There is a FYG coordinator within the department who meets regularly with all FYG staff to provide ongoing support and the opportunity for FYG’s to feedback and addresses any issues or concerns.


Annual Leave Policy

Annual leave may be available in the second half of the year and can be negotiated with the Department Manager depending on rotations and clinical demand at the requested time.