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Advance Practice Physiotherapist Musculoskeletal Clinical Lead – Health Professional 5

  • Full Time
  • Canberra, ACT
  • $135,355 - $152,377 (Plus Super) AUD / Year

Website ACT_CHS Canberra Health Services

Employment Type – Permanent, Full Time Position

Classification – Health Professional 5

Position Number – 602506

Salary – $135,355 – $152,377 (Plus Super)

Closing Date – 12th March 2024

  • City living without the traffic – click here to see why you should live in Canberra.
  • Competitive pay rates and excellent working conditions.
  • Salary Packaging with many options that provide full fringe benefits tax concessions.
  • Flexible working conditions.
  • 11.5% Superannuation.
  • Reimbursement of relocation expenses for interstate candidates (subject to review and approval)

About the employer

North Canberra Hospital (formerly Calvary Public Hospital Bruce) and Clare Holland House are now run and operated by Canberra Health Services (CHS)

This is a significant milestone as the ACT Government moves towards delivering a new billion-dollar hospital on Canberra’s Northside.

The current North Canberra Hospital is a level 4 hospital that provides a range of acute and sub-acute services including community based care to the residents of the northside of Canberra and Southern NSW. North Canberra Hospital (NCH) is a 270 public hospital located in Canberra’s expanding northside. North Canberra Hospital operates a 24 hour Emergency Department. Inpatient services include general medicine, surgery, maternity, mental health and critical care.

Other service modalities include day surgery, specialist outpatient clinics, Hospital in the Home and the Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation service that reaches into aged care facilities across the ACT.

The new Northside Hospital will be built on the existing Calvary Hospital campus in Bruce. It will be a modern, state-of-the-art hospital for patients, visitors and its workforce and will provide more beds and increased services. Until then, it’s business as usual at the NCH, and we’ll keep providing high-quality care to our patients and community.

About the role

Advance Practice Physiotherapy positions will support the delivery of extended hours of service provision and expertise in the Emergency Department. This HP5 position is new, and provides an excellent opportunity to lead advance practice physiotherapy service development within the Emergency Department setting.

This role will provide musculoskeletal clinical expertise and support the orientation, education, and assessment of competency for advance practice physiotherapy staff, and support education /professional growth of physiotherapy and emergency department staff.

You will play a key role in delivering high quality patient centred care and associated functions to progress advance practice physiotherapy service delivery and development.

Clinical supervision and professional development is provided through team structures, supervision support, competency based assessments and professional development opportunities.

You will be required to participate in shift, overtime, and/or restricted on-call rosters. Part time hours will be considered. A merit pool will be developed from this round and may be used to fill vacancies which occur over the next 12 months.

Under limited direction of the Director of Physiotherapy you will perform the following duties as the Advance Practice Physiotherapist. You will:

  • Provide advanced high level advanced clinical expertise and practice across a range of clinical areas, but not limited to, the Emergency Department.
  • Demonstrate highly effective communication with patients and carers, the treating team and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for providing high level professional leadership to internal and external stakeholders within their specific area of expertise.
  • Lead change through service-wide research, quality assurance, workforce development, service improvement activities and implement evidence based practice to meet organisational priorities and requirements.
  • Lead, coordinate and evaluate professional development education and supervision activities that facilitate learning and development for inter-professional staff and students.
  • Contribute to planning, development and allocation of resources to support service delivery aligned with organisational priorities.
  • Participate in supervision, credentialing, continuing professional development and performance management.
  • Undertake other duties as directed, within approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high quality, safe, person and family centred patient care.

The ideal candidate


  • Tertiary qualifications (or equivalent) in Physiotherapy.
  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Post-Graduate Master’s Level qualification in relevant clinical field.
  • Completion of an Advanced Practice Musculoskeletal physiotherapy training pathway (a substantive advanced training pathway should include, but not be limited to radiology,  advanced clinical practice, leadership, research methods and evidence based practice, pharmacology) or recognised postgraduate qualification (e.g. graduate diploma extended scope physiotherapy).
  • Minimum of 5 years clinical experience post entry level qualifications and minimum of 3 years’ experience in relevant specialist area.
  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies.

Highly regarded

Selection criteria

These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your CV and experience:

  • Extensive experience of at least 5 years in providing novel, complex or critical work with a high level of musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis and appropriate onward management for patients, facilitating integration of evidence base into practice through advanced level of clinical reasoning and decision making.
  • Highly effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain relationships with internal and external service providers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, mentor and teach professional staff and students through clinical leadership.
  • Proven ability in clinical governance systems to ensure delivery of services are safe, effective, high quality and continuously improving.
  • Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

How to apply:

  • Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system;
  • Applications must include a copy of a current CV and details for at least 2 professional referees
  • A pitch outlining your skills, knowledge, and experience and why you should be considered for this role. You should take into consideration the selection criteria (below) when drafting your response.
  • Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.
  • To be eligible for permanent employment within the ACT Public Service you must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident

If you would like further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Sandra Holdom,  [email protected]

A merit pool will be established from this recruitment process and will be used for the next 12 months to fill various positions both on a temporary and permanent basis with full-time and part-time opportunities available. 

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