Graduate nursing programs

Graduate nursing programs

Nursing with a difference for graduates

The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) offers three graduate registered nursing programs in the following areas:

  • Community Health 
  • Mental Health
  • Perth Children's Hospital

Find out more about each of the programs below.

Community Health

Community Health Graduate Registered Nurse program

The CAHS Community Health Graduate Registered Nurse Program is a 12-month program in community health nursing run in partnership with Curtin University.

The program is designed for graduate nurses interested in a community primary health specialisation. CAHS Community Health offers a unique opportunity for graduates to provide early identification, prevention and intervention community-based services to children, adolescents and their families to improve health outcomes and support the growth and development of healthy communities and school populations.

Our program

The Community Health Graduate Registered Nurse program offers a safe and supportive environment where you will develop clinical knowledge and competence and will be provided with site-based preceptorship with regular clinical support and study days. Graduates will experience working through a variety of community services and locations with specialisation and focus on school health nursing. 

You will enrol in a Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing with Curtin University and be encouraged to complete the certificate during the 12 month program schedule. Graduate/CAHS Community Health co-funding applies, and applications for scholarships are available:

  • NURS5048 Child Health Nursing Specialisation  (25 credit points; fully funded by CAHS-CH with 12-month program)
  • NURS5049 Adolescent Health Nursing Specialisation (25 credit points; the cost of this unit will be the responsibility of the applicant)

Semester 2

  • NURS5010 Child and Adolescent Nursing Practice (25 credit points; fully funded by CAHS-CH within 12-month program)
  • NURS5001 Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Health Care (25 credit points; the cost of this unit will be the responsibility of the applicant)

This program is during office hours, Monday to Friday only.

How to apply

Recruitment for the 12 month program occurs through GradConnect.

Applicants must be able to travel across sites and must hold a valid driver’s licence.

For further information or questions

Please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager – Community Health - Graduate Registered Nurse Program on (08) 6151 1304 or email us.

Mental Health

Mental Health Registered Nurse Graduate program

The Registered Nurse Graduate program offers a 54 week program in mental health nursing in partnership with Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Graduates will enrol into the Master of Clinical Nursing course via ECU, but may exit from the course with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Mental Health). 

During the program, graduates will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of practice settings, gaining a broad range of clinical experience, and be provided with regular and ongoing clinical support, through a site based preceptorship model.


  • A 54 week full-time contract
  • Formal study days at Edith Cowan University
  • 10 supernumerary days in the clinical area
  • Excellent support from experienced mental health nurses and educators
  • Rotational nursing roster (may include day, afternoon and nights). 
  • Participants travelling to and from regional locations or rotations may be eligible for financial assistance.


The program offers six months in the Mental Health inpatient unit at Perth Children's Hospital and rotating to WA Country Health Services (WACHS) for a six month rural and remote placement on the roaming program.

Roaming program

The roaming program offers three positions per intake. This program offers an opportunity to undertake the program for the first six months within Metropolitan Mental Health Services and a further six months regional rotation within WACHS. Participating WACHS sites include: 

  • Albany Mental Health Unit
  • Bunbury Adult Psychiatric Unit
  • Broome Mental Health Unit
  • Kalgoorlie Mental Health Unit.

What will I learn? 

The successful applicant would enrol in the Master of Clinical Nursing Course, but may exit from the course with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Mental Health) on completion of three 20 credit point units:

  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (CMH5109)
  2. Assessment in Mental Health (CMH5110) On completion of these two units students are eligible to enrol in one elective which will complete the Graduate Certificate. Students can select from:
  • Community Mental Health
  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health
  • Drug use and addictive behaviours. 

Course delivery

Units CMH5109 & CMH5110 would be mixed mode i.e. face to face and online. Face to face would comprise:

  • One study block at ECU prior to commencement at your health site
  • Two follow up study days at ECU
  • The third elective unit would be delivered by ECU fully online.

Cost per graduate

The first two units listed below will be funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NMO):

  1. Contemporary Issues in Mental Health (CMH5109)
  2. Assessment, Intervention and Skills in Mental Health (CMH5110) 
  3. The cost of the third unit will be the responsibility of the applicant 

For further course information and fees for the elective unit please contact Edith Cowan University (external website). Grants can be applied for through the NMO for support with the course. 

How to apply

Recruitment into this program is through the CAHS Mental Health option (CAMHS) option via GradConnect (external website), the WA Department of Health’s centralised graduate recruitment website. 

Program start dates

Program commences in February and August 2019.

Questions or queries

If you have any questions relating to the registered nursing program for mental health at CAHS, please contact Chelsey Catchpole, Staff Development Educator on 6456 1217.

Perth Children's Hospital

Perth Children's Hospital offers two graduate programs for enrolled and registered nurses:

  • Enrolled Nurse Early Practitioner Program
  • Graduate Registered Nurse Program

Find out more about PCH's nursing programs here.