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Graduate Nurse Program

Information for 2022 Program

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:  

Program structure



The graduate year is a 52-week contract.



0.8 EFT


Intake numbers:   

4 positions which commence February 7th 2022
2 positions which commence May 29th 2022

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.

Graduate Nurse 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. Over the last five years 64% of our Graduates have been employed at GSHS after their Graduate year.


7th February 2022

  • Introduction to the Graduate Year – expectations, both personal and organisational

  • Tour of both campuses

  • Meeting with Department senior nursing staff 

  • Basic Life Support competency assessment 


Two (2) supernumerary shifts at the commencement of each clinical rotation.

Clinical Rotations
Graduates rotate through clinical areas at both Korumburra and Leongatha campuses.  This include  Medical/Surgical, Residential Aged Care and Theatre/Day Surgery. The emphasis will be to provide broad  exposure to all aspects of rural nursing.

Each graduate will complete three (3) rotations.

These rotations will each be of four (4) months duration.​


Graduate Support

The staff educators will be available 4 days per week to assist with any queries or concerns and will facilitate meetings throughout your Graduate year. 

Friendly and approachable Nurse Unit Managers (NUM) lead our teams in all areas, and experienced and approachable nurse/midwives are available on the ward to guide and support in the clinical setting on a day to day basis


Additional, you will be assigned a specific preceptor at the commencement of each rotation, who will guide and mentor you in an informal manner during your rotation through that specific clinical area. 

Professional Development Leave

All Graduates are allocated paid professional development leave to attend study days either on campus with the educators and other specialist staff, or off campus at regionally provided seminars. 

You are required to attend the ‘The Deteriorating Patient’ study day. 

Annual Leave

Your annual leave has been pre-allocated throughout the year; this may be negotiated prior to commencement should holidays be planned.


Criteria for Successful Completion

Graduates will be assessed as follows: -

  • Learning objectives to be nominated prior to the commencement of each rotation

  • Competency assessments to be completed during each rotation

  • Performance appraisal will be attended on the completion of each rotation

  • Minimum 20 hours for ongoing professional development attendance must be demonstrated

  • A presentation on a topic of interest to be delivered to graduate nurse team nearing the end of the Graduate year, 15-20 minutes

Career Progression

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 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 clinical placement appraisals- inclusive of both formative and summative appraisals.


Closing Date for applications: Friday 9th of July 2021

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

The Education Team
Ph: (03) 5667 5502

Further Information

For further information please click here to download our Graduate Information booklet.

Click here for the Position Description.


Key Contacts

Staff Educators


Linda Fiddelaers - Ph 5667 5502

Kym Jose (Korumburra) - Ph 5654 2732

Michelle Hibberson (Perioperative Educator) - 5667 5587

Vivienne Low, Director of Nursing Leongatha

Ph:  5667 5507

Steven Doyle, Director of Nursing Korumburra

Ph:  5654 2706


Angela Richmond, NUM, Koorooman House, Leongatha

Ph:  5667 5553

Neil Langstaff, NUM, General Ward, Leongatha

Ph:  5667 5614

Louise Vuillerman, ANUM, General Ward, Leongatha

Ph:  5667 5592

Jordan Ralph, DOSA/Theatre Leongatha

Ph:  5667 5587

Tracey Edmonds, NUM, Multi-Function Ward/Alchera, Korumburra

Ph:  5654 2751