About the program

The 2018 graduate program will commence in January 2018.

View the application dates for the 2018 program.

Graduate Development Program streams

GDP is looking for talented graduates for broad range of disciplines including:

  • Finance and Business – for finance and business analyst graduates interested in accounting, legislation, compliance, policies and business improvement.
  • ICT – for graduates interested in business analysis, solutions architecture and application design and development.
  • General Corporate – for all other disciplines where your talents could be used anywhere across the health care system.
  • Workforce Data Analysis – this stream will not be offered in 2018. The Workforce Data Analysis stream is currently being reviewed in line with organisational changes within the Department.

How many positions are available?

As a guide, in 2017 there were up to 18 positions. However, additional positions may be added subject to capacity.

How many people usually apply?

There are usually more than 350 applications submitted for the program, across all 4 streams.

What are the benefits of the program?
  • A comprehensive induction to WA Health: The induction program will provide information, guidance and support for you to commence, develop and succeed in your new role.
  • Training and development: You will receive structured training, on the job learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Mentors: These are experienced staff selected from within WA Health to provide you with career support and enhance your program experience.
  • Buddy: These are past graduates of the program who provide you with peer-level support.
  • Placement supervisors: Supervisors oversee your work programs, manage your performance and assist with your learning.
  • Program coordinator: This is the first point of contact for everyone involved in the program.
  • Graduate networking and learning group: This group provides you with an opportunity to develop peer support relationships, and to share with and learn from each other’s experiences in WA Health.
  • Performance management: This will assist you in managing roles and responsibilities, work requirements, performance outcomes and professional development.
  • Work experience: This program will improve your job opportunities and career prospects.
  • Flexible working hours: Flexible working arrangements can be negotiated to suit you and your work unit. This may involve taking time off due to working overtime hours.
  • Placements: Depending on the stream, you will participate in a number of rotational work placements in non-clinical areas within the health system.

Read more about the many additional benefits in working at WA Health.

What training is provided?

Through a comprehensive professional development program, Graduate Officers are provided with an opportunity to complete a Diploma of Leadership and Management and improve their skills in a variety of areas including:

  • project management
  • facilitating effective stakeholder relationships
  • leadership and teamwork
  • communicating with Influence
  • continuous Improvement
  • building innovation and managing change.

On the job learning and professional development activities will enhance your working knowledge and skills and include regular performance management, coaching and mentoring by senior WA Health staff.

What kind of placement rotations can I expect?

The Finance and Business, General Corporate and ICT graduates rotate through three 4-month work placements.

Workforce Data Analysis graduates complete a 12-month work placement within the WA Health Workforce Directorate.

How long is the program?

The WA Health Graduate Development program runs for 12-months.

At the end of the program

If positions are available, graduates may be offered a contract or permanent Level 2 to 3 Public Sector Award (PSA) position or Level 3 to 4 Health Service Union (HSU) Award position pending their successful completion of the program.

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