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Graduates

We offer graduates in allied health and nursing disciplines a highly supportive environment designed to develop your skills and open doors to career opportunities.   We enable you to put your professional learning into practice in an environment that values personal and professional growth through education, preceptorship and team support.

Allied health graduate program

We offer a structured inter-professional Allied Health Graduate Program, comprising sessions run over a year, which complements the discipline-specific orientation, onboarding and supervision available to new graduate staff. This program aims to support the transition from student to health professional for allied health staff in their first year of employment.

Each allied health discipline also offers a range of in-services and specific continuing professional development opportunities including access to South West Healthcare-wide programs available. Call the allied health education team on (03) 5563 4152 to find out more.

Nursing graduate program

At South West Healthcare we believe in providing a highly supportive environment that encourages professional development and excellence in care.  Our graduate year is a 53 week program and graduates are employed part time (0.8 FTE).

Your development is supported through rotational placement, regular study days, preceptorship and clinical supervision.

We have 3 dedicated Clinical Supports Nurses who are available to provide graduates with clinical support during the transition from student to Registered Nurse, whilst encouraging self-directed learning.  The program provides graduate nurses with the opportunity to consolidate and apply theoretical knowledge, while developing skills in a variety of settings.

For further information please contact our Clinical Support Nurses (03) 5564 4050.

Applications

Applications open in 6th June and close 8th July and are to be submitted through our website via careers as well as through PMCV.  You must apply through both to be considered.

  • How many positions are on offer?

    15 positions for the general program, includes 3 graduates who will rotate through Camperdown Campus

    2 positions for the general/midwifery

    2 position for the general/mental health

    2 positions for the general/Merindah Lodge (Aged Care)

  • What is the Combined Acute/Midwifery Graduate Nurse Program?

    South West Healthcare has over 760 births per year, and is the largest maternity hospital along the coast between Geelong and Adelaide.

    We have 4 Birth Suites, 12 antenatal/postnatal beds and a Level 2 Special Care Nursery attached to the Maternity Unit.

    As a graduate midwife you will be well-supported by experienced midwives and educators. You will have the opportunity to work across all areas of midwifery during your midwifery rotations.

    Throughout your graduate year, you will have a total of 4 rotations, with 2 of these being on the Maternity Unit. You will be provided with mandatory midwifery competencies for completion, as well as attend a number of paid study days in addition to the general program study days including:

    • Fetal surveillance
    • PROMPT (maternity emergencies)
    • 2 Dedicated Midwifery study days – 22nd Feb and 6th Sept.

    For further information or enquiries please contact our Midwifery Educators on 03 55644055 or email jsheen@swh.net.au

  • What is the Combined General/Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program?

    Merindah Lodge is a 36 bed Aged Care Facility based in Camperdown.

    The Graduate Nurse Program at Merindah Lodge aims to:

    • Introduce the Graduate Nurse to the role of Leadership in Nursing through a graduated and well supported program.
    • Provide the Graduate Nurse with valuable experience in wound care, behaviour management, medication management, diabetes management, falls prevention and management.
    • Develop further skills required for Team Leadership role including effective communication with GP’s, allied health members, residents and their representatives.

    Throughout your Graduate Year, you will rotate between 2 facilities for a duration of 6 months each.
    6 months at Merindah Lodge.
    6 months at Southwest Healthcare, Warrnambool Campus in the Medical & Rehabilitation Wards.

    Attend 7 general Graduate Program paid study days
    Complete Learning Packages

    For further information please contact our Education Team on 03 55644050 or email nporter@swh.net.au or pkelly@swh.net.au

  • Do you offer full time positions in addition to part time?

    Currently we only offer part time positions .8EFT, which equates to 64 hours a fortnight.

  • Is there an orientation program?

    Yes, the first week is all about orientation. You have 2 full days of orientation and 3 supernumerary shifts.

  • How do Clinical Rotations work?

    We offer 3-4 rotations, dependant upon graduate program. Please see example rotation calendar under related information on the right.

  • What support is offered in Camperdown?

    Camperdown have their own Clinical Support Nurse to support you during your rotation.

  • What kind of professional study days are available?

    At South West Healthcare we offer 7 dedicated paid study days that will enhance your knowledge and skills.

    Variety of interesting topics:

    • Orientation week – clinical skills
    • Study day – clinical skills/pracs
    • Responding and recognising clinical deterioration, facilitated by Simon Plapp
    • Wound Care, facilitated by Terry Swanson Wound Nurse Nurse Practitioner and international specialist
    • 12 Lead ECG, facilitated by Simon Plapp
    •  Advanced Patient Assessment, facilitated by Simon Plapp

    Plus a free day to rotate to specialised area of your choice or attend another SD that you are interested in.

  • How do I apply?

    You need to apply through computer match PMCV and also directly to South West Healthcare.

  • When do applications open?

    Applications open 6th of June 2022, closing date is the 8th of July.

  • What do I need to include in my application?

    Applications must include:

    • Letter of application indicating why you would like to undertake your graduate year with SWH
    • Brief Curriculum Vitae including two professional/employer referees
    • Copy of your academic transcript to date (including grading key)
    • Two of your most recent Acute clinical placement assessments

    Note: Applicants must apply through both PMCV and South West Healthcare.

  • What ongoing opportunities are available upon completion of my graduate program?

    We offer an acute, medical, and surgical transition year program. There is also the ability to undertake a post graduate course in perioperative,  critical care, and mental health.

Mental health graduate program

South West Healthcare currently has a 15 bed Mental Health Adult Inpatient Unit that cares for consumers aged 18 years onwards. We are currently undergoing a redevelopment which will see the MHAIU refurbished and an additional 5 beds added to the unit.

Our 12 month Mental Health Graduate Program consists of a comprehensive education package for beginning Mental Health Nurses. The program incorporates clinical experience, theoretical study days and online competency based training.

The South West Healthcare collaborative Mental Health and Acute General Nursing Graduate Program is a six month rotation program. Graduates will spend six months in an Acute Mental Health Program and then six months in an Acute General Nursing setting. The program incorporates clinical experience, theoretical study days and online competency based training. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a range of specialised skills for the beginning nurse.

Mental Health Graduate Nurses will consolidate their undergraduate learning and build effective evidence-based Mental Health nursing practice within a bio-psychosocial framework. Graduate Nurses will gain experience in a recovery based mental health framework where all staff work collaboratively to assist you to practice to your full potential. To find out more please contact the Mental Health Clinical Support (03) 5564 6016 or cokeeffe@swh.net.au 

  • How many positions are on offer?

    Graduates have the opportunity to apply for 3 different streams for mental health nursing, these include:

    • 2 positions based in the Mental Health Adult Inpatient Unit (MHAIU). The MHAIU cares for consumers aged 18 years right through to aged care consumers.
    • 1 position which allows the graduate to spend 6 months in the Adult Community Mental Health Team and 6 months in the MHAIU.
    • 2 positions which combine 6 months in the MHAIU and 6 months general nursing
  • Do you offer full time positions?

    Our graduate nurse positions are all offered at 0.8EFT, which equates to 64 hours a fortnight.

  • What does the orientation program look like?

    All graduate nurses commencing in mental health have 5 full days orientation to Mental Health Services, prior to commencing 8 supernumary shifts.

  • What kind of professional study days are available?

    We strongly support graduates maintaining their general nursing skills, therefore mental health graduates attend most of the general nursing study days.

    Mental health graduate nurses also attend 10 mental health specific study days with topics such as:

    • Safewards
    • Suicide risk: Engaging, understanding and responding
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Sensory Modulation
    • DSM V – diagnostic criteria
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Trauma Informed Care
  • How do I apply?

    You need to apply through computer match PMCV and also directly to South West Healthcare.

  • When do applications open?

    Applications open 6th of June 2022, closing date is the 8th of July.

  • What do I need to include in my application?

    Applications must include:

    • Letter of application indicating why you would like to undertake your graduate year with SWH
    • Brief Curriculum Vitae including two professional/employer referees
    • Copy of your academic transcript to date (including grading key)
    • Two of your most recent Acute clinical placement assessments

    Note: Applicants must apply through both PMCV and South West Healthcare.

  • What career opportunities are available after my graduate year?

    The Mental Health Service at South West Healthcare offers post graduate positions located in the MHAIU, Community Mental Health and a combination of both (6 months MHAIU/6 months community).

  • I’m an international student not eligible for PMCV, can I still apply?

    SWH uses the PMCV recruitment process. If positions are still available at the end of the PMCV recruitment process, vacant positions will be advertised via PMCV. We encourage you to check the PMCV website for any updates.

  • I'm an enrolled nurse looking for a graduate year, can I apply for the Mental Health Graduate Program?

    No. Unfortunately, we are only able to accept applications for Registered Nurses for the current program.

Midwifery graduate program

South West Healthcare has over 760 births per year, and is the largest maternity hospital along the coast between Geelong and Adelaide.

We have 4 Birth Suites, 12 antenatal/postnatal beds and a Level 2 Special Care Nursery attached to the Maternity Unit.

Our Graduate Program for dual degrees Bachelor of Midwifery/ Bachelor of Nursing commences in February each year, with supported experience in general nursing rotations and Maternity Services.

The Graduate Midwifery Post Graduate diploma position is a 52 week position in all areas of Maternity services. To find out more please contact the Midwifery Clinical Educator (03) 5564 4050.

Page last updated: 20 May 2022

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