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Combined Graduate Nurse/Midwife Program

Information for 2022 Program

About Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS)
Located across 2 campuses at Korumburra and Leongatha, Gippsland Southern Health Service provides a range of public health services across the entire lifetime, from maternity through to aged care, to the community of South Gippsland.

Our maternity service is Located within the General Ward at Leongatha Hospital and facilitates roughly 200 births per year. We currently have 6 GP obstetricians who work alongside our midwives to provide quality antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care to our women. Our facilities include a midwife-led antenatal clinic, 2 birthing suites, spacious postnatal rooms, and quality extended postnatal care. We have access to theatre and are able to provide both elective and emergency caesareans when clinically indicated. 

The General Ward provides care to a variety of medical and surgical patients, also accepting emergency admissions through our Urgent Care clinic which is staffed 24 hours. Additional services provided through Leongatha Hospital include Chemotherapy, Allied health services, Palliative care and Drug and Alcohol programs. 
Working in a rural setting will give you exposure to wide variety of nursing experiences and enable you to develop your clinical skills across the healthcare setting, from urgent care to theatre to maternity.  

Why live and work in Leongatha?

Leongatha is a town with a population of approximately 5,500 located in the heart of South Gippsland and is just under a 2 hour drive from the Melbourne CBD. With easy access to beautiful beaches including Inverloch and Waratah Bay, and the rugged beauty of Wilson’s Prom, Leongatha is great place to explore from. Options for quality education abound, with multiple non-government primary and secondary schools to choose from, in addition to the Education Precinct which houses the local primary and secondary schools, as well as the South Gippsland Special School and Tafe Gippsland.  

The surrounding South Gippsland towns provide an additional array of varied dining and shopping options, including café, breweries, vineyards and restaurants as well as local farmers markets nearly every weekend of the year. 

Find out more about what our wonderful region has to offer at:  

Our Graduate Program

Gippsland Southern Health Service’s combined graduate midwifery/nursing program aims to assist you to develop the critical thinking, time management and practical skills required to consolidate your practice as a Registered Nurse/Midwife, within a positive and supportive team environment. 

We are committed to supporting and developing our nursing and midwifery workforce, and seek to retain our graduates for ongoing employment at the successful completion of their graduate year. We offer numerous opportunities for professional development and career advancement.


The graduate year is a 52-week contract.



0.8 EFT



7th February 2022

  • 4 month maternity rotation - including birth suite, antenatal outpatient presentations, postnatal with 2 weeks supernumerary at the commencement of this rotation. 

  • 4 month nursing rotation - General Ward at Leongatha Hospital.

  • 4 month combined nursing/midwifery rotation in which you will work both nursing and midwifery roles as both primary and secondary midwife. 


  • Clinical Nurse educators available Mon- Fri

  • Experienced and approachable nurse/midwives on the ward to guide and support in the clinical setting on a day to day basis

  • Friendly and knowledgeable Nurse Unit Manager

  • Monthly graduate meetings to catch up and debrief


Study Days

  • 4 allocated professional development days

  • Including Care of the Deteriorating Patient, Fetal Education Surveillance Program (FSEP), PROMPT (including neonatal Resus) and Preceptoring and Assessing. 

  • Further opportunities to attend additional regional education days on your own time

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Successful completion of graduate clinical competencies

  • Satisfactory clinical appraisals and completion of each rotation

  • Development and delivery of a presentation of a topic of interest to your colleagues as part of your ongoing professional development requirements. 

How to Apply

Toward the end of 2022 graduates will be given an opportunity to highlight an area they may wish to seek employment within, every endeavor will be made by Gippsland Southern Health Service to assist with the application for a position within the organisation for career progression.

How to Apply

  • To apply for a Graduate Midwife/Nurse position at Gippsland Southern Health Service, graduates must be eligible and meet the essential criteria for Allocation and Placement Service (APS) Website

  • Register and participate in the PMCV Allocation and Placement Service process

  • Send the following documents to Lucy Rocksmith, Education Department, Gippsland Southern Health Service, Private Bag 13, Leongatha  3953

  1. Cover Letter 

  2. CV, including placement history and two (2) health professional/clinical referees

  3. Copy of most recent academic transcript with results legend

  4. Passport sized colour photograph

  5. Two most recent acute/midwifery clinical placement appraisals - inclusive of both formative and summative appraisals (one of each).


Closing Date for applications: Friday 9th of July 2021


We highly encourage you to attend the Graduate Information Session via Zoom to be held on Wednesday the 30th of June 2021 between 4-6pm. Please email to register to attend.

Additional queries or for a tour of the facilities at our health service please contact:

The Education Team
Ph: (03) 5667 5502

Key Contacts

Midwifery Staff Educators


Linda Fiddelaers - Ph 5667 5502

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