Checking out the landscape: the experiences of a Grade 1 physiotherapists from a major tertiary Hospital rotating through a remote hospital and the positive impact on recruitment

Ms Sally Barrett2 Ms Annie Farthing1, 2, Ms Lenore Block2     

1Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs, Australia, 2Alice Springs Hospital, Alice Springs, Australia


In 2010 Alfred Health signed an agreement with the Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) to have Grade 1 physiotherapists complete a four month rotation at ASH. Since the program commenced, Twenty seven physiotherapists have chosen to complete a rotation in Central Australia. Seven staff members have returned to take up P2 positions at the Alice Springs Hospital within a year of completing their rotations in Alice Springs – currently, four of the nine physiotherapists employed by ASH are former employees of Alfred Health and all of these staff were first introduced to remote healthcare through the Alice Springs rotation.

This presentation will explore the experiences of the therapists who have chosen to take up a career in remote health through this process. It aims to highlight some of the lessons learned by staff at Alice Springs Hospital as well as from Alfred Health, and will propose key factors which have supported and challenged the project.


Sally is very lucky to have started her physiotherapy career with Alfred Health. She took the opportunity to “check out” the landscape in Alice Springs on a rotation through the grad program, fell in love with the place and came back to continue her career in Central Australia.

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