Our Graduate Programme gives outstanding physiotherapy and occupational therapy graduates in their first year of clinical practice the chance to learn about working in their chosen field while being part of our team of highly qualified health and rehabilitation experts.
Graduates gain an understanding of our holistic approach, along with valuable insight into complementary disciplines, through the interdisciplinary rehabilitation pathways we provide our clients so they can get back to living their best life.
What graduates get from the year-long programme
Each graduate will have a senior clinician nominated as their supervisor. Supervision meetings are formally structured on a weekly basis, with additional on-the-go supervision and mentorship.
Internal Education Programme: Cross-regional
In the first week of the programme, graduates focus on shadowing their clinical supervisor and other team members, and completing induction for core Southern Rehab policies and procedures. Supervised appointments with clients will then commence, with all sessions debriefed and reviewed.
During this period the focus is on rapid development of professional assessment and initial rehabilitation strategies for core services. Core services will include:
- Physiotherapy: musculoskeletal therapy; vocational rehabilitation (functional)
- Occupational therapy: vocational rehabilitation
To optimise interdisciplinary understanding and communication, graduates will also be exposed as part of a group setting to the core processes of the other professions.
After the first four months are completed, graduates will actively contribute to the programme through case presentation meetings. Clinical content will continue to support development of knowledge related to the core services. Clinical work may start to include preferred provider clients and pain management service for graduates who are developing into this service.
In the final three months of the programme, clinical content related to rehabilitation for persistent pain and concussion will be introduced into the group education programme.
External professional development activities
A plan will be developed for each graduate specifying external professional development activities that will complement our internal programme.
Further development opportunities during the programme
In the first month of the programme, graduates will complete the online Mauriora Foundation course in cultural competency.
The online Mauriora Foundation Course in Māori Healthcare and the Treaty of Waitangi can be completed in the second half of the year.
- For occupational therapy graduates, it is anticipated that in the second half of the year post-graduate training will commence, with enrolment to a 30-credit vocational rehabilitation paper. It is anticipated the post-graduate certificate will be completed in the second year.
- For physiotherapy graduates, it is anticipated that foundational McKenzie (Part A – The Lumbar spine and Part B The Cervical and Thoracic Spine) and/or Mulligan courses will be completed. Post-graduate training may commence in the year following the internship.
How to apply.
- Write a covering letter, introducing yourself and explaining why you’d like to take part in our Graduate Programme.
- Check your CV is up-to-date and ready to go.
- Get a copy of your Academic Transcript.
- Hit ‘Apply now’ below and complete the questionnaire.
- Now you’re ready to apply! Attach and send us the completed documents.
Applications close 30 September 2018
Interviews to be completed in the second week of October. Places will be announced in the final week of October. Please note: entry into the programme is conditional on successful course completion and achievement of professional registration.