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



    Shoalhaven Street, NOWRA NSW 2541 / P O Box 246, NOWRA NSW 2541


    Helen TROY- Physiotherapy Unit Head David Berry, Shoalhaven Memorial and Milton Ulladulla Hospitals (based at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital {SDMH})


    Phone: (02)4423 9560

    No of FYGs

    1 (secondment from Children's Hospital at Westmead)

    No of Physios (PT) and Assistants (A)

    31.41 FTE across the rural sector (including 4 AHA)

    No of Hospital Beds


    Selection Criteria


    FYG Clinical Rotations

    1 on secondment from Sydney Children's Hospital Network {SCHN}, Westmead.

    SCHN grad rotation is generalist across multiple in and outpatient clinical areas whilst on secondmemt with SDMH.

    Working Hours

    Monday to Friday 8-4.30pm.

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

    Weekend Shifts

    Weekend work as rostered. Roster is drawn up and available to all at the beginning of the new grad year. You are rostered off for the 2 days prior to the weekend worked (as an early weekend).

    Evening shifts



    Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital Staff Quarters MAY be available.  Please contact the Unit Head to check availability well in advance of rotation to the Shoalhaven.


    Train line terminates at Bommaderry which is approximately 3 kms north of the hospital.

    Orientation Process

    For SCHN Grad online orientation, departmental and site specific orientation/education will commence on first working day in the Shoalhaven.

    Education Programs

    ISLHD New Graduate Skills and Education Program to be held on  Wednesday 2nd  February 2023 and Thursday 3rd February 2023.  It is recommended to attend this free program (but you will not be paid to attend). Below are some testimonials from previous attendees:

    • Loved this opportunity to refresh information before starting, good to get back into physio mindset.
    • In honestly really enjoyed it. Days were pretty long but I loved the friendly staff and the helpful practical tips.
    • Good way to consolidate/refresh knowledge. It has been a long time since finishing uni.
    • Good initiative to calm the nerves.

    ISLHD Physiotherapy New Graduate Handbook supplied as part of ISLHD Physiotherapy New Graduate Skills and Education Program.

    Monthly departmental Inservice.

    Weekly interesting patient review.

    Senior staff support in all areas.

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

    Current NSW drivers license (or equivalent).

    Social Activities

    All water sports (river and beaches)/ outdoor sports / Bushwalking / Rock climbing /Movie Theatre / National Parks / Cycling / Horse Riding / Gym / Dance studios/ Wineries/Trivia.

    Support Mechanisms

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

    New Graduate Coordinator.

    Senior staff are friendly and supportive.

    Clinical Supervision.

    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 Physiotherapist, taking into account the needs of the service. No leave can be taken for the first 3 months.