Nepean Blue Mountains Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP)

Participating hospital information updated Friday 29th July 2016. Please contact specific hospitals if further information is required.


Lemongrove CHC, 13-29 Gascoigne St, Penrith 2750


Manager / Contact

Matthew Whitland, Physiotherapy Department Head, Primary Care and Community Health, NBMLHD

Phone: (02) 4734 4800

Fax: (02) 4734 4812

No of FYGs

2 (on 6 month rotation)

No of physios (PT) and assistants (A)

7 PTs + 4 AHAs

No of hospital beds

38 virtual community beds

FYG Clinical Rotations

  • 6 month rotation at TACP - In home rehabilitation including geriatric population, orthopaedics, neurology etc
  • 6 month rotation with Blue Mountains Hospital


Working hours

  • TACP General duty hours: 8.00-4.30pm Monday to Friday with an Allocated Day Off (ADO) each month.


Weekend shifts

No weekend or on call shifts

Evening shifts

No evening shifts




Train to Penrith Railway station, bus or 15 minute walk

Adequate off street parking available

Orientation Process

  • Contact the Physiotherapy Department Head (PC&CH) immediately following Allocation.
  • 2 Days District orientation at Nepean Hospital - Topics covered for New Graduates include manual handling, WH&S training, traction, cast application and removal, respiratory assessment for adults and paediatrics, brace application, mobility assessments, basic life support (BLS), electronic medical records (Cerner).
  • 1 day CHOC training
  • Departmental orientation will include: selection and orientation to clinical area, policy and procedures, introduction to staff, allocation of quality projects.
  • Allied Health New Graduate handbook will be supplied.
  • For at least 2 weeks new graduates are "buddied" with the senior physiotherapist to observe and have support undertaking home visits.
  • Orientation includes an overview of the geographical area, CHOC (electronic medical records), STES (equipment) access, car bookings, safety and secrity procedures and introduction to staff.
  • Primary Care & Community Health information and TACP specific orientation folders are also provided.

Education programs

  • Inhouse Monthly Inservice calendar / Journal club program 
  • Fortnightly inservices at Nepean Hospital
  • Webinars
  • NBMLHD Interprofessional peer group sessions for New Graduates
  • Annual Physiotherapy Professional Development Day

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

Drivers Licence

Interest / knowledge in orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Social Activities

  • Bushwalking, camping, abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, horse riding, touch football, golf
  • Cafes & restaurants, "Blue Mountains Music Festival", "Yulefest", "Winter Magic Festival", arts & crafts, markets most weekends
  • IMAX theatre, indoor heated swimming pools, basketball centre.
  • Allied health social club meets monthly

Support Mechanisms

  • Allied Health Educational Sessions
  • New Graduate Interprofessional Peer Learning sessions
  • Senior Superivision program as per the HETI "Superguide"
  • Physiotherapy New Graduate Coordinator
  • NBMLHD Employee Assistance Program

Annual Leave Policy

Annual leave may be considered subject to manager approval