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Graduate Nurse Program

Information for 2025 Program

Gippsland Southern Health Service's Graduate Nurse Program is a unique and exciting program, which will give first year Registered Nurses exposure to a diverse range of clinical experiences within a rural health service.


Our program aims to assist you to develop the critical thinking, time management and practical skills required to consolidate your practice as a Registered Nurse, 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.


Why come to GSHS?  (Campuses at Leongatha and Korumburra)


Leongatha is a town with a population of approximately 5700 located in the heart of South Gippsland and is just under a 2 hour drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Korumburra is a 15 min drive from Leongatha (closer to Melbourne) and has a population of approx. 4600.


With easy access to beautiful beaches including Inverloch and Waratah Bay, and the rugged beauty of Wilson’s Prom, both Leongatha and Korumburra are great bases from which to explore our region.​


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. If you are a cyclist or just love walking you will appreciate the Great Southern Rail Trail accessible from both Leongatha and Korumburra​.


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

Program Structure

Join our exciting Graduate Nursing Program!


The 52-week contract starts Feb 3, 2025, with 0.8 EFT hours (0.6 EFT will be considered).


If you were unable to attend the Graduate Information Session on June 5, 2024, from 4-6 p.m., don't worry. You can still register your interest for potential tours and a personal meet and greet by emailing Please note that availability for the meet and greet is limited.


Face-to-face interviews for interested candidates will be conducted in late July/August 2024. If you are interested in learning more about our graduate program, please reach out to us to secure your spot for a potential tour and meet and greet.


Get ready to launch your nursing career with us!

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On February 3rd, 2025, the Graduate Year program will begin with an introduction to expectations, both personal and organisational. There will be a tour of both campuses and a meeting with senior nursing staff.


Additionally, there will be a Basic Life Support competency assessment. 2 supernumerary shifts will be required at the start of each clinical rotation.

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Rotations & Support

Graduates at GSHS will be offered two rotations through clinical areas, including an acute medical/surgical placement and a specialty area such as Theatre, District Nursing, or Urgent Care (with experience in Chemotherapy).


Throughout the year, clinical educators will be available to meet regularly to provide ongoing clinical support. Nurse Unit Managers oversee the teams, and experienced nurse/midwives provide guidance and support. Each rotation will have a designated preceptor to mentor and support graduates.

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Development and Leave

All Graduates are entitled to paid professional development leave to attend study days conducted on or off the campus. This allows them to engage with educators and other specialist staff, as well as attend regionally provided seminars. One popular study day is the 'Recognition and Response to the Clinical Deterioration' delivered by Simon Plapp, which has received positive feedback from GSHS staff.


Additionally, as part of the program, Graduates are entitled to 5 weeks of annual leave which is accrued throughout the year.

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During your Graduate Year

The education staff at Gippsland Southern Health are committed to providing tailored support for graduate nurses. This includes establishing clear learning objectives, consolidation of clinical skills and regular Graduate Nurse debrief sessions.


As the graduate year progresses, we will also facilitate discussions about career progression and potential employment opportunities within our organisation.

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How to Apply

To be considered for the Allocation and Placement Service (APS) through the PMCV website, potential graduates must ensure they meet all the essential criteria.


To register and take part in the APS process, applicants are required to submit the following documents via email to


  • A cover letter & CV with placement history including 2 health professional/clinical referees

  • Copy of most recent academic transcript

  • Passport sized color photograph

  • 2 most recent acute clinical placement appraisals


The deadline for applications is Friday, 21st June 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

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Further Info & Key Contacts

Click here for the Position Description.

Staff Educators


Linda Fiddelaers

Ph: 5667 5502

Virginia Bolge

Ph: 56675502

Janet Kolotelo (Aged Care Educator)

Ph: 5667 5502

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