Comprises of over 350 staff in a variety of disciplines providing services to patients across their continuum of care. Together with doctors and nurses, allied health practitioners are regarded as the third pillar of health care providers in Australia. Our workforce is comparatively young and has a high degree of passion about the way in which they contribute to patient management. They are often innovative in their approach to patient care and are valued by the teams of which they are a part of.
Bendigo Health has a strong commitment to providing evidence based allied health care with established staff and student education programs and a high level of involvement with research and quality improvement activities. To support the professional development of our allied health staff we offer an internal professional development program within each discipline and regular multi-disciplinary sessions. We also support staff to enhance their own development and promote high quality care through structured clinical supervision programs within each discipline.
We welcome new graduates to the organisation and strive to provide a supportive and rich learning environment. Most disciplines offer rotations through different clinical areas to expose graduates to a range of different experiences. An allied health early career support program is available to staff.
We value our role in student education and host over 5500 clinical placement days per year across most disciplines and we have strong links with education providers. Student supervisors are supported to provide high quality student placements with regular supervision training offered. The La Trobe Rural Health School run a number of Allied Health courses locally which has led to close collaborations in education and research between the two organisations.
The Bendigo Health Audiology department is a part time service employing 2 Audiologists. Audiology provides outpatient diagnostic hearing assessment services to both adults and children, and enjoys close links with the acute Ear, Nose and Throat clinic. Bendigo Health Audiology is the only public provider of hearing testing for children under school age in the Bendigo region. The service also now boasts state of the art tympanometry and acoustic steady state response diagnostic testing equipment.
Exercise Physiologists at Bendigo Health contribute largely in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Services with some presence on the Acute Campus and Inpatient Rehabilitation. Four Grade 1 Exercise Physiology rotations exist with strong support from senior colleagues in a developing research culture with involvement in student placements.
The Occupational Therapy Department consists of over 80 occupational therapists and provides services to a large number of programs at Bendigo Health, the department aims to provide timely and accessible services to patients, clients and residents of Bendigo Health. There is a large Grade 1 rotation program with additional targeted support provided to new graduates.
The Dietetics and Nutrition department has over 20 staff and provides services to acute and sub-acute inpatients, residential services and across a range of community programs. Clinical dietetics focuses on the inpatients and manages nutrition based medical issues. The community and residential services have a stronger public health, health promotion and home based nutritional focus. The department also manages the Home Enteral Nutrition program.
More than 80 Physiotherapists at Bendigo Health work across the continuum of care. Physiotherapists are involved with innovative delivery of services including Physiotherapy led Orthopaedic Waiting List Services and Level 4 Pain clinic services aiming for continuous quality improvement in a person centered approach.
Podiatrists are employed at Bendigo Health across a range of programs with a particular focus on the management of people with diabetes in high risk foot clinic, inpatient and rural community settings.
Social Work operates in a diverse range of services including inpatient settings; community and psychiatric areas. Using an empowerment model the focus of service is assisting clients gain the confidence to take responsibility and control of health and wellbeing and assist in finding resolutions to problems causing concern. Social work services provide a value add approach within the medical model to address the emotional/psychosocial aspects of health.
Speech Pathology at Bendigo Health is a professionally and clinically diverse service, offering assessment and treatment for communication and swallowing disorders across the continuum of care. The team of more than 20 speech pathologists contribute their expertise to acute and subacute inpatient services, local and regional outpatient rehabilitation services, community health paediatrics and severe communication impairment.
The Psychology service is staffed by clinical psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists, clinical health psychologists, general psychologists and provisional psychologists. Psychologists at Bendigo Health provide a wide range of services aimed at aiding recovery and adjustment following illness, injury or trauma and allowing individuals to gain maximum benefit from the specific programs offered. The psychology service is concentrated in two main program areas, mental health and outpatient rehabilitation.
There are a number of Allied Health Assistant (AHA) roles established at Bendigo Health in a variety of areas including inpatient, rehabilitation and community settings. Most AHAs currently are supervised by physiotherapists and occupational therapists to work with individual patients or with patients in group programs.
Bendigo Health is always looking to recruit skilled staff to our ever growing workforce and has a range of employment options available across a number of clinical and non-clinical areas.
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