Why choose Western NSW for allied health careers
Working at Western NSW LHD in Allied Health, makes for a rewarding fast tracked career.
We employ professionals across the following allied health services, including:
- Allied Health Assistants
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational and Diversional Therapy
- Social Work and Welfare Services
- Palliative Care
- Speech Pathology and Audiology.
We are a network of over 500 Allied Health professionals who work together to bring the best care and fulfilling careers. From large referral hospitals to remote multipurpose sites you’ll work both on your own and together in multidisciplinary teams, receiving training, upskilling and a range of other professional development opportunities.
With the support of more senior team members, you'll be exposed to and treat a broader range of cases, often more advanced than those in the metro areas. Our communities appreciate your work and your skill level will surpass your city-based peers.
Virtual allied health innovation
Western NSW is a leader in the delivery of virtual care (telehealth), so people can receive the highest quality care close to home. In partnership with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation we piloted the delivery of virtual allied health care and now offer ongoing virtual care in the professions of:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Pathology
- Social Work
Leading the way in virtual care
Pharmacist Brett Chambers has pioneered the Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Service in NSW, helping patients, doctors and nursing staff to safely use medications at their hospital when a pharmacist is not on-site.
A great place to live and work
Our region is so diverse, there's something for everyone. You can create a lifestyle where you live your best life, focusing on the things that really matter to you.
Learn about the Western NSW region and unique lifestyle.
Several Allied Health positions qualify for incentives including up to $10,000- $20,000 recruitment and $5,000- $10,000 retention incentives. If you are thinking of joining us make sure you investigate incentives in the following professions:
Up to $10,000 Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee & Parkes
Up to $20,000 Canowindra, Condobolin, Grenfell, Gulgong & Molong
Up to $10,000 Mudgee & Cowra
Up to $20,000 Brewarrina & Gulgong
Up to $10,000 Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee & Parkes
Up to $20,000 Canowindra, Coolah, Condobolin, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Eugowra, Grenfell, Gulgong, Molong, Narromine, Nyngan, Oberon, Rylstone, Tottenham, Warren, Wellington and Walgett
Up to $10,000 Mudgee, Parkes & MHDA Orange
Up to $20,000 Cobar, Condobolin, Molong and Wellington
|Up to $10,000 Dubbo & Orange
Up to $10,000 Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee, Parkes, IPC&P Dubbo, & MHDA Dubbo/Orange
Up to $20,000 Canowindra, Grenfell, Wellington
Up to $10,000 in Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee and Parkes
Up to $20,000 in Canowindra, Coonabarabran, Molong and Wellington
Allied Health Rural Graduate Program (AHRGP)
Recruitment for the Western NSW LHD Allied Health Rural Graduate Program (AHRGP) starts in November of each year.
We are committed to growing our Allied Health workforce in a workplace where graduates and others are valued and can excel.
The AHRGP is a two-year structured and supportive program where graduates:
- Experience a positive transition to professional practice with access to workplace learning and supported clinical and professional skill development
- Collaborate and work within dynamic, highly professional multidisciplinary teams
- Rotate across clinical areas to gain experience in a broad range of services, including acute care, community services, specialty services, health promotion, and rural outreach
- Develop professional skills in key areas including early leadership and continuous quality improvement at interdisciplinary education days
- Build strong rural generalist clinical skills through workplace education, regular clinical supervision, and professional development opportunities
- Network with colleagues across disciplines and sites, and join a supportive graduate cohort
- Receive support for career development both within and beyond the program
Who should apply?
Allied health clinicians who have recently graduated or will graduate in 2023 in dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, or speech pathology, who are:
- Passionate about rural health and making a difference in rural communities
- Interested in gaining a broad range of clinical experience as a new graduate
- Keen to learn within a supported framework of professional learning, clinical supervision, and regular mentoring
- Eager to network and share experiences with other like-minded allied health new graduates on their learning journey
- Ambitious, with a sense of adventure in life and work
- Motivated to build capability and skills as a rural generalist clinician for future opportunities and career progression
- Attracted to living regionally and committed to completing the two-year program in the WNSWLHD
The AHRGP is a 24-month full time program, commencing in February each year. Graduates undertake at least four clinical rotations during their two years to gain experience across a broad range of services and develop strong skills as a rural generalist clinician. Graduates also complete a quality improvement project in Year 2.
The AHRGP provides comprehensive graduate support to ensure a positive transition to practice and facilitate workplace learning. Graduates are supported by a preceptor, clinical supervision, mentoring, the AHRGP coordinator, and peer network.
In addition to discipline-specific professional development opportunities via workshops, in-services, and district days, AHRGP graduates undertake an interdisciplinary education program to develop a range of professional skills. Education days are facilitated by experts in their fields and include early leadership, quality improvement, and WNSWLHD priorities and initiatives.
The AHRGP is committed to supporting graduates’ career development both within and beyond the program. Graduates are given the opportunity to explore clinical areas of interest, learn about allied health career pathways, and receive mentoring.
We are able to arrange up to six weeks of supported accommodation if you are relocating for the position.
A three-day face-to-face AHRGP orientation is held at the commencement of the program, followed by a local orientation to the facility. This is an opportunity to meet allied health graduates across the district, and start the program with confidence.
There are a minimum of four formal AHRGP study days during the year. These are in addition to opportunities for facility in-services, discipline area days, and other professional development opportunities such as workshops/conferences.
You will undertake at least four rotations into different clinical and service areas. In Year 1, rotations will focus on building your core clinical skills. In Year 2, there is opportunity to explore different service areas, including specialist areas. Outreach to rural communities may be included in your rotations.
- Community health
- Mental health
- Virtual services
- Health promotion
- Specialty services
NB: Rotation options subject to service capacity, priorities, and availability.
You must ensure that the likely date of your AHPRA registration is before the AHRGP start date in February 2024.
Please note that the AHRGP orientation is mandatory and the start date in February 2024 is non-negotiable. Applicants are advised not to plan holidays at this time.
Hear from participants
Georgia Knowles, Occupational Therapist - understanding NSW Health & networking
“Being a part of the AHRGP and attending the workshops has allowed me to increase my knowledge and understanding of NSW Health as an organisation, and has provided me with a range of networking opportunities. The workshops have also played a crucial role in increasing my cultural competency, patient safety, and reminded me of the importance of self-care as an early career therapist. “
“The AHRGP has given me the opportunity to work across a broad range of services and pursue areas of occupational therapy that I am passionate about. It has provided me with amazing clinical support from my supervisor, preceptor, and other colleagues at different sites. AHRGP is a well-supported program with fantastic learning opportunities.”
Georgia was also awarded the Western NSW LHD Allied Health Awards Early Career Allied Health Professional of the Year in 2023.
"I have found that being a part of the new grad program as a physiotherapist is an excellent way to get exposure to a variety of clinical areas and really discover which areas of practice spark your passion. It has been a lovely opportunity to connect with other new grads from all over the district to share experiences and learnings at regular catch up days.”
“Having experienced a student clinical placement in Forbes, I knew of the incredible scope and variety unique to WNSWLHD. The decision to return as a clinician stemmed from a curiosity to ‘try a bit of everything’, and build foundational generalist knowledge and skills to equip me further in my career journey. It has been a challenging, though wholly rewarding experience with immense professional and personal learnings.”
“I have really enjoyed the program as I’ve felt supported in both my clinical and professional development. It’s been great to know that the Western NSW LHD really values new graduates and developing our skills. I’ve worked with amazing dietitians in a variety of clinical areas. It’s a great opportunity for new graduates to get a wide variety of clinical experience. We’ve attended professional workshops to enable us to have a positive impact on our workplace and help us progress our career goals.”
"When I completed my studies, I was unsure whether I wanted to pursue practice with paediatric or adult populations. Thanks to this program, I have had the opportunity to strengthen foundational skills in both community health and the hospital, which has been invaluable and incredibly fulfilling to develop the capability to service a range of people who may not be able to access interventions as readily as in metropolitan areas. If new grads are willing and able to relocate, I absolutely cannot recommend it highly enough because it’s the adventure of a lifetime.”
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