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Graduate Nurse Program

Information for 2023 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



The graduate year is a 52-week contract.



0.8 EFT


Intake numbers:   

4 positions which commence February 6th 2023

We highly encourage you to attend the Graduate Information Session via Zoom to be held on Wednesday the 29th of June 2022 between 4-6 p.m.  Please email to register to attend.


Gippsland Southern Health Service is proud to announce that two students from our 2021 Graduate Nurse Program, Mimi and Alicia, have gained ongoing positions in our service. Click on the image below to hear them discussing their experience in the 12 month program:



6th February 2023

  • 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 will complete three to four rotations through clinical areas at both Korumburra and/or Leongatha campuses. This includes Medical/Surgical, Residential Aged Care Theatre/Day Surgery with opportunities to work in Urgent Care. The emphasis will be to provide broad exposure to all aspects of rural nursing.

Graduate Support

The staff educators will be available 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 you in the clinical setting on a day to day basis. Additionally, 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 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. This includes attending such study days as ‘Recognising and Responding to the Deteriorating Patient’ study day delivered by Simon Plapp which has been popular with GSHS staff.

Annual Leave

As part of your program, you will receive 5 weeks annual leave.

During your Graduate Year

Education staff will support graduate nurses with a tailored learning pathway. This would include:

  • Clear learning objectives to be discussed collaboratively prior to commencing each rotation

  • Skill hurdles designed as learning opportunities with education or senior nursing staff.

  • Planned structured education including attending relevant study days

  • Regular local debrief with the education team and graduates meetings with all graduates.

Career Progression

Toward completion of your graduate year, we will support conversations of career progression and possible continuing employment at Gippsland Southern Health Service.

How to Apply

  • To apply potential 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 via email to:

    • Cover Letter 

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

    • Copy of most recent academic transcript with results legend

    • Passport sized colour photograph

    • Two most recent acute clinical placement appraisals- inclusive of both formative and summative appraisals.


Closing Date for applications: Friday 18th of July 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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

The Education Team
Ph: (03) 5667 5502

Further Information

Click here for the Position Description.


Key Contacts

Staff Educators


Linda Fiddelaers - Ph: 5667 5502

Virginia Bolge - Ph: 56675502

Kym Jose (Korumburra) - Ph: 5654 2732

Janet Kolotelo (Perioperative Educator) - Ph: 5667 5587

Vivienne Low, Director of Nursing Leongatha

Ph:  5667 5507

Tracey Edmonds, Director of Nursing Korumburra

Ph:  5654 2706