Recruitment and opportunities

Here you can find recruitment information for nursing and midwifery graduate programs in regional Western Australia.

Graduate recruitment

Recruitment for all 1st year graduate RN, EN & midwifery programs within the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is via GradConnect the WA Department of Health's centralised graduate recruitment website.

When does recruitment occur?

This takes place twice a year in July and March. Applications are only open for a short time.

Graduate Enrolled Nurse (EN)

Recruitment usually occurs in March and July each year, for programs commencing in the next 6 months

Graduate Registered Nurse (RN)

Recruitment usually occurs in July each year for all Graduate RN programs for the following calendar year
Graduate Midwife

Recruitment usually occurs in March and July each year, for programs commencing in the next 6 months

For further information and details on how to apply, visit GradConnect

Interstate, non-australian resident and overseas applications

As recruitment of graduates into all WA public hospitals (including Western Australia Country Health Service {WACHS} sites) occurs via the centralised online recruitment process, eligibility criteria for WACHS programs follows the same guidelines as listed on GradConnect.

Information regarding eligibility and the applications process from New Zealand citizens and other non-Australian citizens or permanent residents will be listed on the Graduate nursing and midwifery website. Eligibility varies over time depending upon demand for positions, and Australian immigration and employment sponsorship regulations.

General information about eligibility requirements for working in Australia can be obtained from the WA Health Nursing and Midwifery website. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia can provide information on obtaining Australian registration.

Midwifery graduate information

Consolidating midwifery practice is the primary focus of the midwifery graduate programs and all efforts are made to provide continuous midwifery practice.

Applications from single certified midwives are welcomed at WACHS sites, and many of our graduates have midwife only registration. If a midwife does have dual registration as an RN however, they may occasionally be required to work across their scope of both nursing and midwifery practice if there there is low midwifery activity.

Mental Health Graduate Programs

Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Broome offer 12 month mental health graduate programs within their mental health units, for graduates interested in rural mental health.

WACHS also participates in the Mental Health "Roaming Program", a collaboration between metropolitan and country mental health units. 6 months is spent in a metropolitan health service first, then graduates rotation out to the country for their second 6 months.  

Further information on this partnership can be found within the North Metropolitan Health Service, RN Mental Health Program (refer to "Roaming Program" information)  

Community Health Graduate Programs

 Graduates interested in community health nursing may undertake a community health focused graduate program in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields and South West.

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Please note - whilst all information is provided in good faith and endeavours are made to minimise the impact on graduates, due to the constantly changing nature of healthcare, graduate program components are occasionally subject to change (including locations, intake dates, rotations, access to postgraduate opportunities and other aspects).