Statewide Mental Health Graduate Program for registered nurses

Build your Knowledge, Skills and Confidence in mental health nursing and take advantage of the great benefits on offer.


  • A 52 week full-time contract
  • 2 supernumerary days
  • 20 study days
  • 5 days supernumerary placement within a community mental health team
  • Excellent support from experienced mental health nurses and educators
  • Rotational nursing roster (may include day, afternoon and nights)
  • Ability to work in various locations including a roaming metropolitan and regional program. Participants travelling to and from regional locations or rotations may be eligible for financial assistance. *If available conditions will apply*.
  • Up to 7 weeks leave (4 weeks annual leave, an additional 5 days annual leave for working shift work and 10 public holidays)
  • Accrued days off (ADOs) negotiable (13 days per year) at certain *health sites*


Limited places are available at participating health services.

Please list your preferences (1 to 12) from the following health services:

North metropolitan

  • Preference 1: Graylands Hospital, Frankland Centre & Older Adult Mental Health Services: Osborne Park, or City Lower West
  • Preference 2: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Mental Health Unit
  • Preference 3: King Edward Memorial Hospital, MBU & WACHS

South metropolitan

  • Preference 4: Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Preference 5: Fremantle Hospital
  • Preference 6: Peel and Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service

Private Hospital

  • Preference 7: St John of God (Midland campus)

East metropolitan

  • Preference 8: Armadale Health Service
  • Preference 9: Bentley Health Service
  • Preference 10: Royal Perth Hospital & WACHS

Child and Adolescent Program

  • Preference 11: The child and adolescent program is linked with NMHS MH and offers 2 x 6 month rotations at the following health sites: Bentley Adolescent Unit and either Graylands Hospital, Frankland Centre & Older Adult Mental Health Services: Osborne Park, or City Lower West

Roaming Program

  • Preference 12: The roaming program offers an opportunity to undertake the program for the first 6 months within Metropolitan Mental Health Services and a further six months regional rotation within WA Country Health Services (WACHS). Participating WACHS sites include: Albany Mental Health Unit, Bunbury Adult Psychiatric Unit, Broome Mental Health Unit or Kalgoorlie Mental Health Inpatient Service.

What will I learn?

At the completion of this program you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mental illness and apply this knowledge to your everyday practice
  • optimise the mental health and well-being of consumers, families and the community and participate in interventions that reduce risk and promote resilience and recovery
  • promote early intervention and detection of illness as well as recognising the early signs of relapse
  • provide a high standard of evidence based assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and support to promote recovery
  • provide continuity of care through integration and partnerships with health service providers and other organisations
  • assess individual consumer needs, identify problems and design, implement and evaluate care plans based on evidence based theory
  • demonstrate an ability to assign priorities, plan and manage their time to meet the competing needs of the allocated consumers
  • implement health promotion and prevention programs in the mental health setting
  • engage in mentoring on a regular basis
  • undertake mental health and risk assessments
  • demonstrate a range of therapies, intervention models and early detection procedures that nurses can use in clinical practice
  • work with consumers:
    • from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • who are depressed/suicidal
    • experiencing psychosis
    • who are children, adolescents and their families
    • who are older experiencing mental health problems
    • who have dual diagnoses.

Program duration

The program runs for 52 weeks, full-time.

Programs commence in February and August each year.

How to apply

Apply online via GradConnect.

When applying online, please select "Statewide Mental Health Program" and list your preferences 1 to 12 from the available health services.

Further information

If you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact the program coordinator on:

Phone: 9347 6775

Produced by

North Metropolitan Health Service