In our GradStart program, dedicated positions are available to assist new graduate Registered Nurses to transition to professional clinical practice.
Our GradStart programs include:
- Mental Health Nursing (specialty program)
Many positions have a supernumerary block for 12 weeks across various specialty areas. A number of our smaller sites have positions available with supernumerary funding that will allow the new graduate nurses in these locations to take the time, get comfortable and build confidence in various wards including emergency, community health and dialysis as well as other services.
Some of the benefits of GradStart include:
- structured orientation to the organisation and workplaces
- flexible, tailored programs to meet your career goals
- fully paid study days
- regular debriefing and coaching
- access to post graduate education programs (including Student Midwifery Program)
- a team of dedicated staff who provide high-quality support and education
- the opportunity to acquire ward management skills in all clinical placements
- individualised development plans.
GradStart positions are completed over a 12 month period either full time or part time.
How we support you
Western NSW LHD has its own specialised rural generalist nurse training program, supported by one of the biggest cohort of nurse educators in any district.
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GradStart program details
Participants complete a 5 day formal orientation held centrally in Dubbo and Orange, followed by local orientation at chosen facility. Rural and remote or mental health placements are given a further week of specialised orientation.
Mentors and Preceptors
You'll be introduced to your mentor/preceptor/buddy during orientation. They will support your clinical development.
There are a minimum of 4 formal study days during the year, and you are also encouraged to attend in-services held at your facility to enhance your professional development. Opportunities to engage in conferences, study groups and peer mentoring are available and recommended.
Participants will receive our District’s Portfolio of Professional Practice at orientation, which identifies your current competencies, standards expected of employment and development plans.
Debrief and support
You'll be provided with additional learning support throughout the year. Clinical Nurse Educators are available for consultation, education and support on almost every ward or facility. For the first 4 weeks you'll be offered group debriefing sessions, followed by monthly sessions.
Our District Nurse Educators are also available anytime for consultation, education and support.
You must ensure that the likely date of your AHPRA registration will be before your proposed
You may be offered clinical rotation preferences. You may have up to 2 rotations which are a combination of general/ specialty and/or rural/ remote health services. Rotations are subjected to negotiation with the facility manager.
Rotations available in:
- Emergency Department
- Intensive Care Unit
- Operating Theatre
- Mental Health Inpatient Unit
- Paediatrics/ Special Care Nursery
- Renal Dialysis Unit
- Community Health
- General medical
- General surgical
Complete GradStart and qualify for a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing:
- Safe therapeutic awareness and recovery
- Violence prevention and management
- DETECT – between the flags
- Child protection
- Respecting the difference
- Professional skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Complexities of care
- Evidence based mental health care
- Evidence based drug and alcohol care.
Rotations available in:
- Antenatal clinics
- High risk antenatal clinics
- Birth suite
- Postnatal ward
- Postnatal clinics
- Outpatient clinics
- Outreach / group practice
- Special Care Nursery.
If you take a GradStart position at an eligible rural facility, you can receive a $10,000 incentive when you start and $10,000 in addition to your salary each year. Some sites also offer accommodation at a greatly reduced rate. You can also apply for a New Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Rural Support Incentive of $1,000 to move.
Locations, intakes and accommodation
Find out about accommodation availability and intakes for each location below.
*Indicates locations that have positions available for mid year 2023 intake.
Incentives apply for roles in certain locations.
No. of months
|Bathurst||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Orange||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Bloomfield (Orange)||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Western NSW LHD - Central sector|
|Coolah - rotates with Dubbo||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Coolah||Available in Coolah|
|Dunedoo - rotates with Dubbo||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Dunedoo||Available in Dunedoo|
|Gilgandra - rotates with Dubbo*||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Gilgandra||Available in Gilgandra|
|Gulargambone - rotates with Dubbo*||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Gulargambone||Available in Gulargambone|
|Peak Hill- rotates with Dubbo*||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Peak Hill||Available in Peak Hill|
|Tottenham, Tullamore and Trangie*||✓||✓||Incentives apply||Limited|
|Western NSW LHD - Northern Sector|
|Lightning Ridge*||✓||✓||✓||Incentives apply||Yes|
|Lightning Ridge- rotates with Dubbo*||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Lightning Ridge||Available in Lightning Ridge|
|Walgett - rotates with Dubbo||✓||✓||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Walgett||Available in Walgett|
|Western NSW LHD - Southern sector|
|Blayney - rotates with Bathurst||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Blayney||Short term - limited|
|Grenfell - rotates with Orange||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Grenfell||Available in Grenfell|
|Rylstone - rotates with Mudgee||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Rylstone||Available in Rylstone|
|Cowra (Maternity available)||✓||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Forbes (Maternity available)||✓||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Molong||✓||✓||✓||Incentives apply||Short term - limited|
|Mudgee (Maternity available)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Oberon||✓||✓||✓||Incentives apply||Short term - limited|
|Parkes||✓||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Metro-Rural Exchange - Western NSW / Sydney Local Health Districts|
|Baradine MPS/Concord Hospital||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Baradine||Yes|
|Coonamble MPS / RPA Hospital||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Coonamble||Yes|
|Condobolin MPS/Canterbury Hospital||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Condobolin||Yes|
|Walgett MPS/ RPA Hospital||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Walgett||Yes|
|Mental Health Exchange - Western NSW LHD / Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (JHFMH)|
|Wellington Health Service / Wellington Correctional JHFMH||✓||✓||Incentives apply when in Wellington||Short term - limited|
|Bloomfield/Orange Health Service / Bathurst Correctional JHFMH||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
|Bathurst Health Service / Bathurst Correctional JHFMH||✓||✓||Short term - limited|
GradStart 2023 - June intake
Contact us as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact to organise an interview.
|GradStart 2024 applications open 9:00am 20 June 2023 and close 11:59pm 3 July 2023.|
Find out more and apply through NSW Health.
Download the 2024 GradStart Handbook for more information.
Meet our GradStart team and hear what it's like to live and work in Western NSW.