2023 Graduate Mental Health / General Nursing Program

At SWH we pride ourselves on our values; Care, Respect, Excellence, Integrity and Leadership and we are dedicated to serving our local community.SWH respects all individuals and promote equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio- economic status.SWH is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged services.With a population of 39,000 and a catchment of 100,000 Warrnambool is the regional centre to Victoria’s Great South Coast.To learn about the vibrant town and region please visit: http://www.warrnambool.com/
Job Details
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1635817
Closing Date: 08-Jul-2022
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Graduate Mental Health Nurse.pdf (PDF, 313KB)


Position Description - Registered Nurse Graduate Grade 2 Year 1.pdf (PDF, 381KB)


Contact: Nursing Education team
(03) 5564 4050

Position Details

The Graduate Mental Health / General Nursing Program (GMH/GNP) is a combination of Mental Health Nursing in South West Healthcare's (SWH) Mental Health Acute Inpatient Unit and General Acute Nursing within the South West Healthcare.  Applications for 2023 are now open!

About our 2023 GMH/GNP

We believe in providing a highly supportive environment for all Graduate Nurses that encourages professional development and excellence in nursing care.  Our aim is to provide structured clinical support during the transition from student to Registered Nurse, whilst encouraging self-directed learning. This 53 week program commencing from February 2023 offers the opportunity to consolidate and apply theoretical knowledge by developing skills in a variety clinical settings. The GMH/GNP incorporates clinical experience, theoretical study days and online competency based training. The program offers a 6 month rotation in the Adult Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit and 6 months Acute General Nursing. All Graduate Nurse positions are part time (64 hours per fortnight) to support work/life balance. There is the opportunity to complete another 12 months specialisation in mental health following the successful completion of your combined graduate year.

All our GMH/GNP positions are subject to the state-wide Computer Matching process, conducted by the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV). All public health Graduate Nurse positions are allocated in Victoria through this Computer Matching Service. To be eligible for our GMH/GNP you must have a current residential address within Victoria. Graduates of interstate Universities or full-fee paying Victorian graduates can still apply for a limited number of places. Refer to PMCV guidelines and website for full details at www.pmcv.com.au

How to apply

All applicants must apply through both PMCV and South West Healthcare's website, following the links to Careers and Volunteers and must include:

  1. One page covering letter addressed to Catherine O'Keeffe (Psychiatric Nurse Consultant- Mental Health Services) and Gaynor Stevenson (Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery) indicating why you would like to undertake the Graduate Mental Health / General Nursing Program at South West Healthcare
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume (maximum two pages), including two professional referees and one non-clinical referee
  3. Copy of your academic transcript to date (including grading key)
  4. Copy of three most recent clinical placement assessments (including one mental health placement assessment).
  5. Copy of passport styled photograph of applicant

A position description can be found at our website under Careers.

Personal interviews will be conducted with shortlisted applicants the week of 15August 2022 in Warrnambool.

Applications will close on Friday 8 July 2022.

Employment Terms and Conditions will be in line with the Nurses and Midwives (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024 and theVictorian Public Mental Health Services Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020

For further enquiries regarding the role, please contact the Nursing Education team on (03) 5564 4050 or email Trish Kelly or Nadine Porter (Clinical Support Nurses – Graduate Education) on pkelly@swh.net.au or nporter@swh.net.au. Alternatively, contact Catherine O'Keeffe (Psychiatric Nurse Consultant – Education, Mental Health Services) on (03) 5564 6016 or email cokeeffe@swh.net.au


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