Allied Health grows with graduate boost

Westmead Hospital graduate physiotherapists.

Thirty new graduates have joined Western Sydney Local Health District’s Allied Health team who are starting their careers in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and radiography.

Allied Health covers a wide array of positions focused on restoring and maintaining physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions of the human body.

Roles include audiologists, dietitians, nuclear medicine technologists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, pharmacists, podiatrists, psychologists, radiation therapists, radiographers, social workers and speech pathologists.

Graduate physiotherapist Lindsey Wu said she had her sights set on Westmead Hospital to gain valuable experience and support from her colleagues.

“It’s such a big hospital and Westmead sees a lot of cases other hospitals don’t, such as trauma and cystic fibrosis,” Lindsey said.

“I’ve heard that Western Sydney Local Health District really values the on-going education for staff and this is important to me especially during my first year out of university.”

Westmead Hospital’s newest physiotherapists are ready to see patients.

Westmead Hospital also employees 80 radiographers who performed more than 138,000 imaging examinations in 2019. The radiography department prides itself on offering a thorough orientation program and ongoing support to new graduates as they grown in their chosen profession.

Radiography graduate Allie Tonks said she was drawn to the hospital for many reasons.

“The culture of collaboration, positivity and support was important to me,” Allie said.

“The commitment to develop and practice at a high standard was another quality which attracted me to Westmead.”

WSLHD Allied Health director Jacqueline Dominish congratulated all the new graduates who began their careers this year.

“Our new physiotherapists based at Westmead and Auburn hospitals are supported by senior staff members who will guide and assist them through the transition into the hospital and into the profession,” Jacqueline said.

“Each graduate is offered a contract for a year and is then encouraged to apply for a permanent position at that hospital or another hospital of their choice.

“Many of our staff venture into the community and treat patients in their homes or in a community based setting – keeping our patients out of hospital. 

“I look forward to meeting the new graduates and hearing about their positive experiences and health journeys in Western Sydney.”

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