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    Participating hospital information 2023. Please contact the hospital directly if further information is required.


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    2-6 Col Drew Drive, Lithgow. NSW 2785


    David Short

    Phone: (02) 6350 2516

    Fax: (02) 6350 2530

    No of FYGs


    No of Physios (PT) and Assistants (A)

    3.4 PT; 2.6 TA

    No of Hospital Beds


    Selection Criteria

    1.      Eligibility for a First Year Graduate position including:

                                     i.           Tertiary qualifications in Physiotherapy completed by the end of the 2023 academic year from a NSW University or a NSW resident studying at an interstate university,

                                   ii.            Eligible for Physiotherapy Registration with AHPRA

                                  iii.            Australian Work Rights

    2.       Ability to apply clinical knowledge and concepts to practical situations in clinical settings.

    3.       Proven ability to apply evidence-based practice in clinical settings.

    4.       Demonstrated ability to respond to feedback and incorporate into clinical practice.

    5.       Demonstrated effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

    6.       Demonstrated ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and organise a busy workload.

    7.       Demonstrated commitment to professional development and & Evidenced Based Practice. 

    8.       Current unrestricted NSW driver's licence & willingness to drive for work purposes

    FYG Clinical Rotations

    General wards 50%

    Outpatients and Hydrotherapy 50%

    Occasional visits to the affiliated Tabulam Aged Care Facility in Portland

    Coverage to Emergency Department & Theatres

    Working Hours

    Hours of work - 8.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

    Weekend Shifts

    No weekend work (currently)

    Evening shifts

    No evening shift work


    No housing provided by the Hospital


    45 minutes drive from Katoomba or Bathurst

    25 minutes drive from Blackheath

    1 hour 25 minutes drive from Penrith 

    Orientation Process

    • Contact the Physiotherapist Manager at least one week prior to commencement.
    • The Physiotherapy department has close links with Nepean and Blue Mountains Hospitals.
    • 1 day clinical orientation at Nepean and one day mandatory training at Lithgow - Topics include manual handling, WH&S, cast application and removal, respiratory assessment for adults and paediatrics, brace application, mobility assessments, basic life support (BLS). (COVID can affect this).
    • Allied Health New Graduate Program handbook supplied for additional reference.
    • Uniform available for ordering after first pay cycle: teal shirt/navy pants.
    • The staff are friendly and supportive.
    • You may be invited to meet the previous new grad & other staff prior to commencement.

    Education Programs

    • Webinars and departmental inservices, often linking into Nepean Hospital education sessions via online video call
    • NBMLHD Interprofessional peer group sessions 
    • Annual Physiotherapy Professional Development Day
    • Opportunities for Study Leave for internal or external education, is available upon request and approval

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

    Hydrotherapy: Ability to swim and willingness to be trained in pool rescue

    Social Activities

    • 12,000 people live in the town, and another 8,000 in the surrounding area.
    • Lithgow is a historical town with strong links to Australia's industial development, and is a 20 minute drive from the Blue Mountains.
    • Recreational activities include bush walking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning, golf, etc.

    Support Mechanisms

    • Allied Health Educational Sessions via departmental inservices
    • Supervision from Clinical Senior
    • Plenty of informal clinical support; friendly work environment
    • 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, and requires approval from the Physiotherapy Manager.