A new initiative allows recent physiotherapy graduates to hone their abilities at metropolitan and regional hospitals and luring qualified allied healthcare professionals to Queensland’s Fraser Coast.

Early in 2022, St Stephen’s Hospital introduced the 12-month programme. Participants will rotate at the Hervey Bay private facility for six months before spending the remaining time at one of the owner UnitingCare’s larger Brisbane facilities, The Wesley or St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital.

There are many reasons why new graduates and experienced staff members would choose to come to the Fraser Coast, not only for the opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art facility but also for the region’s relaxed lifestyle. In addition, this program is good practice for physio Adelaide moving forward.

“We recognise that many of our health professionals are juggling work and family commitments, so we’ve purposely designed the program to allow for more flexible working arrangements,” St Stephen’s Hospital CEO Lachlan Miles said.

“By being based in Hervey Bay, participants will be able to take advantage of the region’s natural amenities and have a better work/life balance.”

Mr Miles said the program was an example of how St Stephen’s Hospital was attracting top talent to the region.

It is essential that we have a strong pipeline of skilled health professionals to care for our community now and into the future,” Mr Miles said.

“We know that many of our staff commute from Brisbane and other parts of Queensland, so this program will help to alleviate some of that pressure.”

The program is open to eligible physiotherapy graduates willing to relocate to the Fraser Coast.

“It will give our new graduates an opportunity to consolidate their learning in a smaller, more personalised environment before they transition to one of our large tertiary hospitals,” said St Stephen’s Hospital CEO Lachlan Duncan.

“Graduates will benefit from working with experienced clinicians across a range of specialties, including aged care, cardiology, intensive care, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics and palliative care.”

Mr Duncan said the program would also attract physiotherapists from interstate and overseas.

“The Fraser Coast is a great place to live and work, and we believe this program will be a real drawcard for qualified allied health professionals,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time for St Stephen’s Hospital as we continue to invest in our people and facilities to provide the best possible care for our community.”

There are many reasons to work on the Fraser Coast, not only for working in a state-of-the-art facility but also for the region’s relaxed lifestyle.

“We recognise that many of our health professionals are juggling work and family commitments, so we’ve purposely designed the program to allow for more flexible working arrangements,” St Stephen’s Hospital CEO Lachlan Duncan said.

Based in Hervey Bay, participants can take advantage of the region’s natural amenities and have a better work/life balance.”

The program is open to Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents who have completed a bachelor’s degree in physio Adelaide within the past two years. Applications are now open and will close on March 31.