The Tweed Byron Health Service Group

About The Tweed Byron Health Service Group

The Tweed Byron Health Service Group incorporates The Tweed Hospital; Murwillumbah Hospital; Mullumbimby Hospital and Byron Bay Hospitals

Contact Person – Designation
Registered Nurse Positions:
Casey McCarron - Staff Development Manager
(07) 5506 7306

Registered Midwife Positions:
Margaret Watherston - Midwifery Unit Manager
(07) 5506 7403

About the facilities

The Tweed Hospital (TTH) is located in the City of Tweed Heads, and is the most northerly hospital in the State of New South Wales and metres away from Coolangatta on the Queensland border. Catchment Population resides in the Southern Gold Coast and Tweed Valley, with population projections of 200 000 by 2011.

The Tweed Hospital is the major acute care provider and referral facility with 220 beds and various specialties including emergency (40,500 presentations), critical care, internal medicine, surgical services ,obstetrics, paediatrics, mental health and clinical support services. The hospital accomodates 26,000 Admissions and 6,100 Surgical Operations per annum. It has a Teaching Unit and links to Southern Cross, Sydney, Griffith, Bond and Charles Sturt Universities.

The Tweed Maternity Unit is a level 5 unt with approximately 1600 births/ year and a level 4 special care nursery. Services include Antenatal, Birthing and Postnatal Care.

Murwillumbah District Hospital is a 102-bed rural general hospital. Murwillumbah is located 30 kilometres south-west of Tweed Heads and is the administrative and geographical centre of the Tweed Valley. This area is renowned for its sub-tropical climate and diverse environment, ranging from the Tweed Coast beaches through to world heritage national parks.

The hospital provides a range of services including medical, surgical, maternity and paediatric care. The hospital also provides a specialist rehabilitation service and emergency services.

The Byron Central Hospital, opening in 2016, will serve the communities of those who live in, and visit, the Byron Shire. Over a million visitors pass through Byron Bay each year and this contributes to the activity within the services of the hospital.

Services offered at the hospitals include: emergency; general medical; palliative care; birthing; day surgery and chemotherapy for oncology patients. The hospital is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Intakes- Transition to Practice positions

Registered Nurse graduate positions will commence in February.

Midwifery graduate positions, commencing in February

Mid-StART positions commence in February aligned with university commencement.

A 7 day rotating roster will apply to all positions.

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For The Tweed Area

Access to ongoing support, professional development

(study days) including supernumerary time and orientation

All grads will attend a two day orientation to the Northern NSW Loacl Health District The Tweed Hospital.

There will be a two week period of supernumerary time during which you will spend some time being oriented to the wards as well as attending several hours each day of theoretical workshops which are designed to assist you with your transition from university to the workplace.  During this time you will be given several Learning Activity Packages which you will be asked to complete over the duration of several months.  The packages include; Drug Calculations, Basic Life Support, IV Therapy, PICC Lines.

You will be provided with an opportunity to attend a number of study days scattered throughout the year. The study days will address key clinical and professional issues and concerns you may have about various clinical activities and interventions.

You can also request to attend other Staff Development sessions as they are offered throughout the year.

Rotations

The rotations offered will be either surgical or medical or a combination of both surgical and medical. Opportunities will be given to graduates to elect their preferred ward/s and every effort will be made to accommodate requests.

Clinical placements can be either in one ward for 12 months or a combination of two wards with 6 months placement in each ward.

Rotations between the nominated hospitals is also possible.

Intakes : February only

Where to from here-career opportunities, speciality programs, employment opportunities

The Tweed Hospital offers 2nd yr graduate programs in the following areas:

  • Intensive Care
  • Emergency Department
  • Operating Theatre
  • Paediatrics Speciality Development Programs, i.e.  Joint Agreement between Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus and The Tweed Hospital are offered in:

Accommodation

Successful candidates will need to source their own accommodation. There are opportunities in Tweed Heads or the surrounding villages and towns along the coast or across the boarder into Queensland.

Social Activities

There are a range of social activities available throughout the Tweed/Byron network, the Gold Coat and in near by Brisbane ranging from restaurants, theatres and services clubs to outdoor activities.

The Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast offer beaches, rivers and mountains for those who favour outdoor life.

With Surfers Paradise only 30 minutes drive away and Brisbane just over one hour there is a great deal of social activities to choose from.

Another favourable aspect is the fact that the Gold Coast Air Port is little more than ten minuted drive from the hospital. The airport services the major cities including Sydney and Melbourne with flights to Adelaide and Canberra. As well international flights from the airport connect with New Zealand and various Asian destinations with a link to London. More information can be gained from the Gold Coast Air port web sites or from relevant carrier web sites.