Albury Wodonga Health

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Graduate Nurse Programs

Graduate Nurse Programs

The Albury Wodonga Health Graduate Programs are very well supported and provide a friendly environment for graduate nurses in their transition to the role of Registered Nurse. The programs promote quality patient care and professional excellence for the new graduates

AWH Graduate Program (General Stream):

AWH hosts two graduate programs per year, commencing in February and May, with a combined total of 21 graduates

Successful graduates will work on each campus (Albury and Wodonga), where they will be exposed to a variety of clinical experiences.

Available rotations include:

Surgical / Medical / Rehabilitation / Day Surgery / Emergency / Operating Suite / Paediatrics / Maternity / Health Care at Home / ICU and Mental Health

Key components of this program include:

  • A comprehensive orientation program to the Health Service and its clinical areas
  • All graduate positions are .8EFT
  • Mandatory, generic and ward based competency programs and training
  • Access to an E-learning portal
  • Rotations to diverse clinical areas across two campuses
  • 4¬†graduate study days
  • Simulation labs to practice clinical skills
  • Access to Clinical Educators in each clinical area
  • Regular performance reviews at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months
  • Regular feedback¬†regarding performance as well as¬†strategies for improvement
  • Regular debriefing sessions
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Salary packaging options

Please note: As AWH is a Victorian hospital, all graduates are Victorian employees

Entry to the AWH Graduate Nurse Program:

Application to the AWH Graduate Program is according to the Victorian Nursing Computer Match guidelines -  applicants will NOT be considered unless they participate via this system.

2020 AWH graduate program. See below for details:

 AWH 2020 GNP Information


An AWH Graduate Programs information session will be conducted on June 5th. See below for details:

 AWH 2020 GNP Information Session

More information required?

Please contact Sue Scheetz (Graduate & Undergraduate Programs Co-ordinator) via email -


AWH Graduate Program (Mental Health):

This program offers the graduate 12 months of clinical skill building in the Mental Health sector. This includes an academic component, which leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health with a number of universities (after achieving all the clinical and academic requirements).

The program is offered regionally and may include clinical rotations in Wodonga, Albury and Wangaratta. Throughout the 12-month program, the graduate will experience a diverse range of clinical rotations in the inpatient unit and Community Mental Health areas. An elective rotation may also be offered as available.

This program is offered as part of the NEVIL (North East Victorian Innovative Learning) Group, a consortium of agencies consisting of Albury Wodonga Health, Austin Health, Eastern Health, Goulburn Valley Health and St Vincent’s Health.

During this 12month period the graduate will work 0.8 FTE -  in recognition of the academic requirements of the course. Clinical supervision and rostered time to attend the NEVIL program will be provided.

Entry to the AWH Graduate Nurse Program ‚Äď Mental Health:

Application to the AWH Graduate Program is according to the Victorian Nursing Computer Match guidelines -  applicants will NOT be considered unless they participate via this system.

Particular information regarding the application process for AWH is as follows:

Visit Employment-Positions Vacant-Current vacancies. You will be linked to Select the desired position, read information related to this position (a Position Description is available to view) plus:

  • An application letter
  • A current CV that outlines¬† employment history and all clinical placements and educators during your undergraduate degree. Included in this CV are the names of two professional referees, e.g. current employer, clinical nurse educator. If not in current employment - two clinical educators. Written references are not required.
  • A transcript of academic results (with legend attached). Submitted information must be certified copies
  • Two summative clinical reports. One of these must be from your Mental Health Placement.¬† Formative reports are not required.

If you encounter problems or wish to provide feedback re this process, do so via e-mail to

Program Structure

The program commences with orientation to the organisation, then 3 weeks working with preceptors. Following this time, the graduate RN has their own patient load and is supported by their preceptor, and fellow staff. When changing areas, the graduate will be orientated and introduced to the area by their Educator. There are 15 paid graduate nurse study days during the program, conducted in Melbourne and rural areas, as part of the NEVIL program.

An academic transcript outlining your academic and clinical achievements will be provided to you at the completion of each module and on completion of the year.

Aims of the Program:

  • Provide a supportive environment in which graduate nurses begin their practice in Mental Health
  • Facilitate the process of graduate nurses commencing tertiary studies in Mental Health, thereby ultimately gaining qualifications in this speciality area. This requires successful graduate year applicants to undertake the NEVIL program which is a tertiary program accredited by several universities. Attendance and successful completion of this program is mandatory
  • Encourage the development of critical thinking and reflective practice through the process of clinical supervision
  • Assist Graduate Nurses to work towards achieving the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce as beginning level practitioners

What support will you receive throughout the program?

  • Access to Clinical Educators and Clinical Support Nurses / Preceptors/ Mentors
  • Regular clinical supervision
  • Academic support from the Clinical Educator

In order to successfully complete the program you are required to:

Satisfactorily complete:

  • The self-directed Pharmacology Package (within 6 weeks of commencement)
  • 3 academic assignments at post graduate level
  • Presentation of 3 case studies
  • Performance reviews at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months


  • Program study blocks with the rest of the NEVIL group in February, March, June and October
  • 4 single day courses
  • 15 sessions of clinical supervision throughout the year

Why should you choose the AWH Graduate Nurse Program (Mental Health)?

  • Rotations to a range of areas in Mental Health are provided
  • You will be encouraged to learn and develop throughout the year
  • You will be given honest feedback about your performance and strategies for improvement if required
  • You¬†will be¬†encouraged to take one week‚Äôs leave (pro-rata) during the program. The rest of your leave entitlements accrue
  • An excellent range of salary packaging options are available

More Information Required?

Please contact John Plate - Graduate & Undergraduate Programs Coordinator (Mental Health)


 AWH Graduate Program (Midwifery / General Nursing):

 AWH hosts 1 double degree graduate program annually, commencing in February, with an intake up to 5 graduates. Successful applicants will work at the Wodonga Campus, where they will be exposed to a variety of clinical rotations.

Rotations include:

Special Care Nursery; Birth Suite; Antenatal / Postnatal; Domiciliary; Booking Clinic; Midwife Care Program and the Women's Surgical Unit

  • Key components of this program include:
  • A comprehensive orientaion to the Health Service and its clinical areas
  • Access to an e-learning portal
  • Rotations to diverse clinical areas
  • Access to clinical Educators
  • Regular performance reviews at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months
  • Fortnightly debriefing sessions
  • 4 graduate study days
  • A .8EFT (4 days per week) graduate position
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Salary Packaging options


Application is according to the Victorian Computer Match guidelines - applicants will not be accepted unless they participate via this system.


More information required?

Please contact Clare Kendall (Graduate Midwifery Facilitator) via email  or phone 02 60517 239



Last updated: 29-04-2019