25524 - 01MUF

Physiotherapist - Pain Management
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 22 November 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $92,103 - $97,049 (up to $101,862 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Position No: 25524 - 01MUF
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 08 November 2019
Contact Officer: Alison Smith on alison.l.smith@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 2154

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community-based health services including early childhood services, youth and women’s health, dental health, mental health and alcohol and drug services.

Overview of the Work Area and Position

Physiotherapy within Acute Allied Health Services (AAHS) provides services to a range of clients in acute inpatient and specialised outpatient settings. Our Physiotherapists work closely with patients, carers, referrers, other health care professionals and multidisciplinary teams to achieve safe high-quality patient care.

The Pain Management Unit (PMU) is a public tertiary multidisciplinary outpatient service providing treatment to the population of Canberra and surrounding areas. The multidisciplinary team currently consists of pain physicians and specialists in training, a consultant drug and alcohol psychiatrist and allied health (physiotherapists, clinical psychologists and occupational therapy) nursing and administration staff.

The core business of the PMU is providing outpatient care for clients living with chronic pain. The physiotherapists at the PMU provide group education and intervention sessions, multidisciplinary assessment clinics and one-on-one outpatient appointments, including a specialist Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) assessment service. Allied health professionals at the PMU are integral in the delivery of the multidisciplinary pain programs, which currently include a low intensity and medium intensity pain programs. This role involves independently managing administrative duties relevant to the physiotherapy caseload, including all bookings and maintaining waiting lists.

The PMU is a consultative service and includes the Acute Pain Service, which provides inpatient services to The Canberra Hospital, including medical outreach services to wards for the management of complex pain presentations. Physiotherapy may also be requested to consult on the ward in the multidisciplinary care of these patients.

Under supervision, you will play a key role in delivering high quality patient centred care and associated functions to support service delivery in clinical areas.

The overall functions of the physiotherapist under professional supervision include:

  • Promoting positive client outcomes through the provision of high-quality clinical services and health promotion activities in/across designated areas or units as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Providing group or individual service delivery.
  • Applying knowledge, skills, professional judgement and initiative in the delivery of routine services.

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

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


  • Tertiary qualifications (or equivalent) in Physiotherapy.
  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Current driver’s licence.


  • At least three years work experience.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any offer of employment being made.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

Note: This is a temporary position available for 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. You will be required to participate in an overtime roster. A merit list/pool will be created from this process which may be used to fill vacancies that arise over the next twelve months. Part-time hours will be considered.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services