Graduate nursing and midwifery

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Graduate programs assist you to transition into the nursing and midwifery workforce in a supportive environment. You will gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings, while consolidating theoretical learning and critical clinical skills and judgment.

Through the online recruitment system GradConnect, newly qualified enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives are encouraged to undertake a fully paid graduate program at either a public hospital or health service or a participating private hospital. This allows you to apply for graduate opportunities in all our participating hospitals and health services using just 1 application.


On 21 December 2015 the WA Government announced an immediate sector-wide external recruitment freeze until 30 June 2016.

The freeze applies to all job vacancies including appointment pools, regional vacancies, fixed-term, casual and permanent positions unless an exemption is granted by the Treasurer

Please be advised that WA Health has been granted a number of  exemptions by the Treasurer. Please refer to each advertisement for information about who may apply. Queries regarding eligibility to apply for advertised vacancies are to be directed to the nominated contact person for each advertised vacancy.

If you have recently applied for a position with WA Health please contact the person listed on your application kit for more information.

Due to the above-mentioned recruitment freeze, application dates for GradConnect are currently not available. Information will be provided on this website as it becomes available. Find out more about GradConnect.

Other graduate opportunities are currently available at St John of God Health Care (external site) and Ramsay Health Care (external site).

Do I need to complete a graduate program to practise as a nurse or midwife?

Once you are registered to practise as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife you are able to gain employment in any health facility within Australia. Completing a graduate program is not mandatory.

Undertaking a graduate program is not a requirement for initial or ongoing employment. Graduate programs have been designed to offer additional support for novice nurses and midwives to assist their transition to the professional role within busy clinical environments.

Places within these structured graduate programs are capped for a range of reasons. You can still gain valuable experience outside of a designated graduate program.

More information

To find out more:

  • email us
  • contact individual hospitals and health services.
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Nursing and Midwifery Office