Terms of Reference (Review date AGM Nov 2016)

The Physiotherapy New Graduate Program is a voluntary system, endorsed by the Ministry of Health, open to physiotherapists in the year following their graduation.

The participating hospitals agree to provide a range of clinical and professional experience in a safe, stimulating & supportive learning environment, enhancing each new graduate's clinical & professional skills.

The new graduate is expected to complete the year at the allocated hospital/s and to utilise the opportunities to develop clinically & professionally.

Purpose

The purpose of the Committee is to effectively manage the New South Wales Physiotherapist New Graduate Allocation Program.

Responsibilities
  • To manage all aspects of the allocation of new graduates from University Physiotherapy Programs in New South Wales to participating hospitals/workplaces.
  • To continuously monitor the effectiveness of the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program.
  • To develop and monitor timelines for the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program's activities.
  • To manage the income & expenditure for the maximum effective functioning of the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program and the benefit of the new graduates.
  • To regularly review and where appropriate make changes to the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program.
  • To promote the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program to the public hospital sector to maximise awareness & participation.
  • To promote the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program to the physiotherapy students to maximise awareness & participation.
  • To ensure a close working relationship with the Schools of Physiotherapy in NSW.
  • To provide regular progress reports to the stakeholders.
Reporting Lines

The Committee will provide an annual report to the NSW Physiotherapy Advisors Group and will liaise regularly with the Physiotherapy Leadership and Management group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Frequency and Duration of Meetings

Meetings will be held at least 4 times per year, usually in Feburary, May, September and November.

It may meet at other times to address issues related to the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program.

Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Committee shall be elected by the committee as a whole at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for 12 months.

Secretary

The Secretary of the Committee shall be elected by the committee as a whole at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for 12 months.

She/he will prepare and circulate the agenda and committee papers one week prior to each meeting, shall take the minutes of the meetings and circulate them within 2 weeks of the meeting.

Treasurer

The Treasurer of the Committee shall be elected by the committee as a whole at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for 12 months.

The treasurer shall provide a financial report to each meeting of the Committee and present an audited report to the Annual General Meeting.

Term of Office Bearers

All positions will be vacated at each Annual General Meeting. No member can hold the same office for more than 5 consecutive years.

Membership
  1. Each Local Health District and Special Health Network shall be entitled to have at least 1 representative on the committee
  2. The membership shall be drawn from managers of Physiotherapy Departments participating in the NSW Physiotherapy New Graduate Allocation Program and shall be representative of the range of hospitals involved.
  3. Each of the participating Schools of Physiotherapy is entitled to membership.
  4. A Physiotherapist as determined by the Physiotherapy Advisors Group shall have membership ex officio.
  5. There may be a representative of the Ministry of Health.
  6. Other members may be co-opted by the Committee to address specific needs.
Quorum

A quorum for each meeting shall be 7 with a minimum of 2 Executive Members.

Term

The term of service on the Committee shall be for three years. Members may be re-appointed to the committee following their 3 year term.

Review of the Terms of Reference

The terms of reference shall be reviewed annually at the Annual General Meeting.