YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Can I talk to a Physiotherapist/Podiatrist to find out further information?
- Do I get any training when I start?
- Do I need a car/license?
- Do you employ New Graduates?
- Don't you just massage all day?
- How do I apply for a position?
- I have no experience in aged care - is this an issue?
- I'm a Physiotherapist. What would my job role include?
- I'm a Podiatrist. What would my job role include?
- I'm an overseas trained practitioner. Can I work for HealthStrong?
- Who do I contact if applying overseas for a role in Australia?
- I'm only looking for part time work is this possible?
- I'm worried I'll lose my skills - is this the case?
- Is there any career progression or professional development options?
- Isn't Aged Care repetitive and boring?
- I've heard that Aged Care lacks diversity - is this true?
- What do I need to be employed at HealthStrong?
- What hours do you work? Is there weekend and after hours work required?
- What incentives do you offer employees?
- What sort of career progression do you offer?
- Where do your practitioners work?
CAN I TALK TO A PHYSIOTHERAPIST/PODIATRIST TO FIND OUT FURTHER INFORMATION?
Of course! Please call us on 1300 660 086 and we will put you in contact with our Team Leaders.
DO I GET ANY TRAINING WHEN I START?
All employees are given a comprehensive induction when they first arrive. It includes everything you need to ensure that you feel confident in starting work. You will also have constant support from your team leader and Mentor as well as having a friendly Head Office Team for any further questions.
DO I NEED A CAR/LICENSE?
It is helpful however it isn't mandatory unless you are applying for a mobile role. At HealthStrong, we do our best to place our practitioners in a site as close to home as possible. We will work with you closely to find a location which has good public transport access if you do not have a car.
DO YOU EMPLOY NEW GRADUATES?
Yes we do. We offer an established new graduate program which provides our new graduates with opportunities to consolidate their knowledge and gain further knowledge in gerontology. As we are committed to providing a high level of education and support to our new graduates, we only take a small number of graduates each year.
DON'T YOU JUST MASSAGE ALL DAY?
Part of our role involves giving massage or applying TENS and other electrotherapy to our clients, however it is certainly NOT the be all and end all. There is a requirement that we provide a component of massage in our treatments, but there is no stipulation on length so a quick rub down following a hands on treatment (just like you'd do in private practice) is more than enough!
HOW DO I APPLY FOR A POSITION?
Please click on the APPLY NOW button on any of our current vacancies and submit your resume and cover letter. One of our friendly HR team will be in contact with you shortly. Alternatively, please feel welcome to call us on 1300 660 086 to discuss you joining our team with our HR staff.
I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE IN AGED CARE - IS THIS AN ISSUE?
Whilst experience is always great, it isn't essential. We will provide you with comprehensive training when you start and you will have ongoing learning opportunities to help you expand your knowledge within the field of Gerontology. We provide all of our employees numerous training and development incentives to assist in expanding their skills and knowledge.
I'M A PHYSIOTHERAPIST. WHAT WOULD MY JOB ROLE INCLUDE?
Our physiotherapists work incredibly hard and subsequently achieve great patient outcomes. You will be responsible for conducting comprehensive physiotherapy assessments and developing care plans, providing physiotherapy treatment for the management of pain as well as providing rehabilitation interventions where identified. You will also be responsible for overseeing the physiotherapy aides, undertaking exercise classes and leading manual handling training.
I'M A PODIATRIST. WHAT WOULD MY JOB ROLE INCLUDE?
As a podiatrist, you will be assigned a number of different facilities (all within close proximity) and visit each of these on a regular basis. You will be responsible for assessing each resident and developing a treatment care plan with them. You will provide routine nail care and treat conditions such as ingrown toe nails, thickened nails, remove calluses and corns and provide treatment for wounds and ulcers. Our podiatrists also provide regular in-service training to staff and families on a variety of foot health topics.
I'M AN OVERSEAS TRAINED PRACTITIONER. CAN I WORK FOR HEALTHSTRONG?
WHO DO I CONTACT IF APPLYING OVERSEAS FOR A ROLE IN AUSTRALIA?
Contact HealthStrong UK Recruiter Delissa Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'M ONLY LOOKING FOR PART TIME WORK IS THIS POSSIBLE?
At HealthStrong, we understand that no two situations are the same and this is why we offer flexibility in our positions. We can offer permanent full-time and part-time positions as well as offering locum positions. We can even cater for mums and the school drop off!
I'M WORRIED I'LL LOSE MY SKILLS - IS THIS THE CASE?
It is highly likely. But - it is highly likely that we are all going to lose some of our skills across our employed life. For instance - a Physio working in private practice for 30 years probably shouldn't be let loose suctioning in an ICU ward. The beauty of Physiotherapy is that we can continue to learn and upskill. Aged Care actually provides you with great opportunities to be exposed to a wide range of clients and conditions, which is actually more likely to help you retain your skills.
IS THERE ANY CAREER PROGRESSION OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS?
Yes there are plenty! We have an APA special interest group, we can do Titling and Specialisation, there are higher research degrees and shortly there will be a coursework Masters course. There are regular PD opportunities provided by both the APA and other sources. In Aged Care, there is great opportunity to become Team Leaders Area Managers and even facility Managers - the opportunities are endless.
ISN'T AGED CARE REPETITIVE AND BORING?
Every job is what you make it. Yes there are elements of repetition - you will see pretty much the same residents every day and your treatments may be very similar but this is how we make functional gains in the elderly! Regular intervention, more frequently. Whilst it sounds silly, we can achieve amazing results through working this way.
I'VE HEARD THAT AGED CARE LACKS DIVERSITY - IS THIS TRUE?
Physiotherapists working in Aged Care are truly the General Practitioners of the Physiotherapy world. On a daily basis you will see patients with:
- Musculoskeletal complaints - pain, arthritis, muscular tears, joint instability
- Cardiorespiratory disease - COPD, bronchiectasis, emphysema
- Neurological disease - Stroke, ABI, Hungtington's Disease
- Cognitive deficits - Dementia, Brain injury
- Patients with ALL OF THE ABOVE
Whereas let's consider private practice - it's primarily a musculoskeletal or sports caseload and even then most of that will be backs, knees and shoulders. The same goes for hospital work - across the entire hospital there is great diversity, but you are usually assigned to one ward and therefore seeing very similar patients day in/day out.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BE EMPLOYED AT HEALTHSTRONG?
Aside from compliance documents (Degree, AHPRA registration, police check), you will need to have an interest in working within the aged care sector. We want employees who share our vision, are hard-working and reliable and want to be a part of our HealthStrong Team.
WHAT HOURS DO YOU WORK? IS THERE WEEKEND AND AFTER HOURS WORK REQUIRED?
We work standard business hours - 8:30am-4:30pm each day. Having said this, in most cases, our practitioners are able to start earlier or later than this to suit their lifestyle. As for weekend and after hours work - it is not required nor expected. We can offer Saturday work to employees who would rather work a Saturday than a weekday.
WHAT INCENTIVES DO YOU OFFER EMPLOYEES?
Our employees work hard and they rewarded with great incentives. We offer our employees a competitive remuneration package, paid indemnity and liability insurance, $1000 allowance for professional development, free webinars and journal access just to name a few.
WHAT SORT OF CAREER PROGRESSION DO YOU OFFER?
At HealthStrong, we believe that all of our practitioners need support and this is why we have an established management team. We have both State-based and national management positions and we provide employees with access to management and leadership courses to assist them in reaching their career goals.
WHERE DO YOUR PRACTITIONERS WORK?
Our practitioners work within residential aged care facilities. Most of our practitioners work only in one site and quite often there are two practitioners on site in larger facilities. We have facilities nationwide and always try our best to place practitioners in a site as close to home as possible.
Interested? Please e-mail us directly at email@example.com with your resume and we will be in touch for a confidential discussion within 1 business day.