Westmead Hospital Secondment

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


Corner Hawkesbury and Darcy Roads, WESTMEAD NSW 2145



Manager / Contact

Maria Quinlivan

No of FYGs


No of physios (PT) and assistants (A)

53 FTE

No of hospital beds

Approximately 1000

FYG Clinical Rotations

Acute Wards (Surgical/Cardiothoracics)

Working hours


Physiotherapy Department working hours during the week are 0800 hours to 1630 hours.  Weekend and public holiday day time working hours are also 0800 hours to 1630 hours.


Weekend shifts


Weekend shifts are approximately one in four, with rostered days off during the following week.


Evening shifts




Yes. Our accommodation complex has 2 and 4 bedroom furnished units (flat share basis) with a tennis court, BBQ's and easy access to a supermarket. As there can be a waiting list, it is important to organise accommodation immediately following allocation.




The hospital is easy walking distance from Westmead Station.


Orientation Process

Hospital and clinical area orientation provided on first day of secondment.

Education programs




There is a general departmental inservice held on a monthly basis. There is also a weekly inservice or case presentation held in each clinical area. The opportunity exists for FYGs to attend other relevant hospital clinical training lectures and programmes.



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


Social Activities

Department Social Club organises regular social activities.

Support Mechanisms


There is a professional support / mentoring program provided to FYGs. There is a designated clinical senior for each rotation. There is also an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to all staff. 


Annual Leave Policy

Annual leave for new Auburn secondees at Westmead is not easily accomodated but may be granted in exceptional circumstances. It is therefore preferrable to notify the Auburn District Hospital Unit Head as early as possible of planned leave requirements so rotations and rosters can be planned around this.