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


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    Pacific Highway, ST LEONARDS NSW 2065


    (02)   9462 9747

    Gary Rolls,  Head of Department   

    Barbara Lucas,  Deputy Head of Department

    No of FYGs

    10 total including 2 secondments to Lismore Base Hospital

    No of Physios (PT) and Assistants (A)

    74 (PT) and 4 (A)

    No of Hospital Beds


    Selection Criteria


    1. Consistently demonstrates behaviours that reinforce the CORE Values of our organisation; Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Demonstrates these behaviours with all stakeholders; colleagues, direct reports, as well as our patients and consumers, and those that care for them.

    2. Qualifications recognised for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and current AHPRA Registration.

    3. Strong undergraduate performance and relevant clinical practice placements.  Submission of course results and APPs is required.

    4. Demonstrated interest in tertiary level acute hospital physiotherapy clinical practice. Flexibility and willingness to work across evening, weekend, public holiday clinical practice rosters and a rural/regional hospital secondment

    5. Demonstrated ability to prioritise busy clinical workloads, meet deadlines and complete activities (including ability to work within scope of practice and seek assistance when required) and demonstrated computer literacy skills.

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

    7. Demonstrated ability to work individually with senior support and as part of a multidisciplinary team

    8. Commitment to Quality Improvement, ongoing professional development, evidence based practice and research and the ability to apply to clinical practice

    FYG Clinical Rotations

    10 weeks Musculoskeletal Outpatients

    5 weeks Trauma Orthopaedics Inpatients and Fracture Clinic

    5 weeks  ICU

    5 weeks Acute Neurology and Neurosurgery

    5 weeks in total evening shift - ICU, ED and wards 

    10 weeks in total Medical or Surgical wards or relief in another clinical area

    10 weeks  secondment to Lismore Base Hospital

    Working Hours

    0800  to  1630.  30 minute lunch. 20 minute morning tea.

    Evening Shift  1615  to 0045,  and on call 0045 to 0800 either sleeping in staff quarters or at home

    Weekend Shifts

    Weekends: One shift in three weekends, rostered day off in lieu.

    Required to work some public holidays

    Evening shifts

    Evening duty: Total  of  5 or 6 weeks over the 12 months.    2 blocks through the year of  7 consecutive evenings, 4 days off  and 3 day shifts repeated  2 or 3 times over.

    Evening Shift  1615  to 0045 and on call 0045 to 0800 either sleeping in staff quarters or at home


    None at RNSH.  

    On site "on call" room available  for evening physiotherapist to sleep after shift concludes and while on call.


    Train and bus available to the hospital. Staff parking within the hospital available at a cost. Street parking is available a short walk from the hospital. Go Active Hub with showers and lockers available if cycling or running  

    Orientation Process

    New graduate initial orientation and training process over several weeks.

    On-line and hard copy of resources available for new starters 

    Please contact the Head of Department  immediately following allocation to organise details of secondment and first rotation.

    First year graduate Orientation Day on the Thursday in the week before the start date for allocation.  1 day off in Lieu taken during the year to cover this day.

    Education Programs

    New graduate education process over first few months.

    Weekly departmental inservices by staff and invited guests.

    Speciality area inservices and journal clubs held regularly.

    Physiotherapists are encouraged to participate in clinical area meetings and education.

    Skill sessions available for new graduates to improve casting, ED, ICU , Spinal Cord Injury skills and clinical reasoning

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

    Interest in complex acute care

    Social Activities

    Very friendly department with regular lunches, morning teas and social events. Close to many local and city entertainment and eatery venues. Several onsite hospital cafes.

    Support Mechanisms

    Well established new graduate mentoring and training program.

    Individual clinical supervisor for the year.

    Very experienced Senior Physiotherapists in each area who have experience in developing and supporting new graduates

    Many staff who have previously completed allocation program with RNSH

    Employee Assistance Program available to all staff

    Annual Leave Policy

    Annual leave is usually not approved for New Graduates in their first year of work. However, it may be considered under exceptional circumstances, and requires approval from the Head of Department. A week consisting of Rostered Days Off and Accumulated Days Off can usually be arranged during the allocation year.