Nurse Graduate Program

Portland District Health Graduate Nursing Program


Portland District Health is a 68 bed acute hospital, offering a diverse range of opportunities for 6 graduate nurses over a 12 month program with one intake per year, commencing February.

 We offer a wide range of experience through a well planned Graduate Program. Graduates have the opportunity to take part in specialist rotations such as A&E, Theatre and District Nursing along with consolidating Acute and Medical skills.


Our Aim is to:

Applications for programs at Portland District Health must be applied for through PMVC Computer Matching Process - 



We offer five graduate nurse positions at 0.8EFT . The program is 52 weeks duration, commencing in early February, with 5 weeks annual leave.


New graduates will participate in four days of induction and orientation activities at commencement of the program and will then also be offered a full week supernumery in their first clinical rotation and further supernumery time in each specialty area

Clinical Component

We offer a variety of clinical rotations through the areas of Acute, Sub-acute, Emergency, Theatre and District. There are opportunities to undertake longer rotations in particular areas of interest such as Theatre and Emergency.

Theoretical Component

Graduate nurses will receive 72 hours of education during the program: 32 hours will include initial orientation and core competencies during induction week .40 hours will be negotiated paid study days depending on area of interest. Informal education, inservices and debriefing are held on a regular basis. Clinical based learning packages are available on line and must be completed throughout the year.

Education Team

Clinical support will be provided throughout the program.



Victorian South West Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program

The collaborative program was initiated by the Department of Health to increase the number of graduate nurse positions available in Victoria for newly graduated nurses. Portland District Health working together with Moyne Health Service (Port Fairy) and Western District Health Service (Hamilton) to provide a program with a strong focus on rural inpatient, aged care and community nursing.

The graduate practices health care provision through the trajectory of illness, including primary / preventative health care, acute inpatient care and care in the patient’s own environment. The graduate received clinical support from clinical educators and preceptors and participates in formal study days, incorporating topics to enhance both clinical and professional development.

Our aim is to facilitate the transition of the graduate from a novice to a confident beginner practitioner. Building upon their undergraduate studies and experience, graduates will be integrated into the healthcare by utilising a supportive program. A supportive environment will provide the platform to perform safely, confidently and professionally within the role of a registered nurse.



ˑIndividualised attention and support where needed.

ˑOrientation time working along side a preceptor.

ˑExtensive teaching and support by a Clinical Nurse Educator or experienced staff member in rotational areas.

ˑFive paid graduate study days.

ˑExtensive in-service programs across all three sites.

ˑOpportunity to develop clinical leadership skills.

ˑPerformed appraisals to provide you with feedback, provide assistance and document your progress.

ˑSalary packaging available.

ˑPositions are full time.

ˑExcellent employment prospects at the end of the program.

ˑSignificant career opportunity.

ˑExcellent opportunities to take on post graduate studies.

ˑCelebration and presentation of certificate on completion of the program.



Graduates rotate to Portland District Health, Moyne Health Service & Western District Health Service for four month rotations in the following areas:

Portland District Health – Acute Care

Moyne Health Service – Aged Care & District Nursing

Western District Health Service – Acute Care



There are five study days throughout the year that are paid attendance. Topics vary and are inline with the clinical needs of the graduates.


All graduates are employed and renumerated according to the Nurses (Victorian Public Health Sector) Multiple Business Agreement. The graduate position is a Full Time fixed-term contract for one year. Graduate accrue an Accrued Day Off (ADO) every four weeks. Six weeks annual leave is set prior to the commencement of employment.


Three graduates will commence the program in January / February annually. 


Each graduate nurse is assessed both at a clinical and theoretical level. A performance appraisal will be completed at the end of each rotation by the Nurse Unit Manager, in conjunction with the Clinical Facilitator / Educator and Preceptor. The successful completion of mandatory and core competencies as outlined by each healthcare facility (some of which are transferable).



Eligible third year nursing students who wish to apply for a position in a Victorian Graduate Nurse Program, are eligible to apply through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) Computer Match Process. PMCV can be contacted on (03) 9419 1217 or via email at to discuss this process.

The computer match process allows students to apply for only 4 Victorian healthcare facilities. You will need to go to the PMCV website( Computer Match section and lodge a ‘Candidates Priority List’.

Prospective graduates must also apply directly to each of the 4 individually nominated healthcare facilities (sending required information outlined in the Hospital / Health Service Directory). Closing dates will vary. An application to any of the individual health care facilities does not cover you for the Victorian South West Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program. You will need to apply to this program individually.


Address applications to:

Collaborative Graduate Nurse Program Facilitator, C/- Staff Development Unit, Portland District Health, Bentinck Street, Portland, Victoria, 3305



For further information on the Portland District Health Post graduate Nurse Programs contact:

Undergraduate/Graduate Coordinator, Elizabeth Munro Ph. 03 5521 0627 email:

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