Allied Health graduates kick-start their careers at SESLHD

Twenty nine new graduate Allied Health professionals have begun their careers with SESLHD in the past month across our hospitals and health services.

“We are excited to welcome all of the new graduates as they begin their careers as Allied Health clinicians,” said Karleen Dumbrell, Acting Director of Allied Health, SESLHD.

“These graduates are joining our services with enthusiasm and high levels of motivation and will make an incredibly valuable contribution to SESLHD. We wish them all the best.”

The bulk of the newly graduated group to join us are physiotherapists, who began in roles at Prince of Wales, War Memorial, St George and Sutherland hospitals at the beginning of February.

“Twenty one new graduate physiotherapists have started as part of a 12 month Physiotherapy New Graduate Intern Program. It involves rotations into various clinical areas within the hospitals and these positions are highly competitive due to the limited number of positions across NSW,” said Daniel Treacy, SESLHD Physiotherapy Advisor.

“The Physiotherapy New Graduate Intern Program is an effective way for new graduate physiotherapists to consolidate their education and continue their professional development in a supported, broad based and varied clinical environment. It is a successful way of encouraging new staff into the public health system.”

Also joining the ranks are six occupational therapists and two podiatrists.

There are 20 disciplines that make up our Allied Health workforce in SESLHD. These include: art therapy, counselling, diversional therapy, exercise physiology, genetic counselling, music therapy, nuclear medicine technology, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, orthoptics, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, radiation therapy, radiography, sexual assault, social work, speech pathology, welfare and allied health assistant.

Two physiotherapy graduates standing next to one another