Working at War Memorial Hospital

Working at War Memorial Hospital

War Memorial hospital is an aged care and rehabilitation facility located in heritage listed premises. This environment is well suited to aiding the restoration of patients to their optimal level of functioning. Our multidisciplinary clinical team, who are aged care and rehabilitation specialists, provide in-patient and out-patient services. This combined approach results in the delivery of a high calibre of health care to the patients who need our services and provides a great deal of satisfaction for the nurses and other professionals employed at the hospital.

If aged care and/or rehabilitation interest you, read on for more information about working at War Memorial Hospital.

Why work with us?

We provide highly specialised rehabilitation and aged care services. Our staff are friendly and the teams are supportive and cohesive, contributing to the positive culture of the hospital. The hospital environment is charming and a pleasure to work in. Subsidised and affordable parking is available to staff. The hospital is located near Bondi Beach and Bondi Junction shopping precinct. Short term accommodation is available on site for nursing staff (subject to availability).

Enterprise Agreements: Health Employees Agreement 2011, Nurses Agreement 2011 and the Health Professionals Agreement 2011.

Allied Health at War Memorial Hospital

A variety of allied health staff are employed by War Memorial Hospital, across a number of allied health disciplines including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, diversional therapy and podiatry. As well as full time and part time permanent positions, a number of the departments employ allied health professionals on a casual basis for leave relief via a casual pool.

Enquiries: 93690100 (ask for discipline Head of Department)

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Nursing Employment

Features of the staffing model for nurses include:
• Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Certificate III AINs
• Full time, part time or casual work options
• Flexible hours including 10 hour night shifts
• Rotating rosters

Our clinical nurse educator provides clinical education and support for on-duty nurses. Sharing of information, discussion, debate and networking are facilitated through the regular forum held with the Director of Nursing.

Education and Research

War Memorial provides and facilitates ongoing education for staff including:
• continuing and professional development
• generic health industry courses
• mandatory education

Study leave for relevant external professional and higher education courses, conferences and seminars is supported on an individual merit basis. Careers advice, counselling and planning is available for all staff.

The hospital’s monthly newsletter “What Matters Happens” contains news, events and current course information.

Nurses and other clinical staff are encouraged, assisted and supported in writing for publication, presenting at conferences and undertaking research since these are recognised as important strategies for personal, professional and organisational growth at War Memorial Hospital.

The Health and Ageing Research unit (HARU) located in the hospital grounds, serves as a focal point for nursing and health care research into clinical and policy issues associated with health care for older population across the southern eastern Sydney area. The aims of the unit include fostering research-based nursing practice, policy development and education in aged and extended care. These activities are based on a primary health care philosophy, promoting older age as a time to maintain independence, self-determination, health and wellbeing, and to deal effectively with health transitions. Research is conducted in collaboration with nurses and other health care practitioners and managers, health care consumers, local community and interest groups, policy makers, professional and academic colleagues.

New Graduate Transition Program

War Memorial Hospital provides nursing graduates with aged care and rehabilitation experience within the Transition Support Program. Clinical experiences are available in:
• Dedicated rehabilitation wards
• The Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)
• Case conferencing and Discharge planning
• Multidisciplinary team presentation program
• Outpatient services

The popularity of aged care and rehabilitation amongst second year registered nurses, as an important, challenging and dynamic nursing specialty for the future, continues to improve markedly as an outcome of the exposure gained during these clinical rotations.

Student and trainees

In recognition of our ongoing responsibility to support nurses of the future and promote aged care and rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary approach, we regularly support nursing students from the Australian Catholic University and University of Technology, Sydney for the clinical component of their undergraduate degree.

The hospital also provides clinical experience for trainees employed in the Enrolled Nurse Program throughout South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). Many return to the hospital on completion of their training and take on permanent employment to pursue a career within these specialty fields.

Find out about nursing

We are committed to the promotion of nursing as an occupational choice and contribute to this activity by hosting students undertaking a field placement, work experience or community service placements as part of their high school or vocational courses.