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Nursing and Midwifery

Bendigo Health’s vision ‘Excellent Care. Every Person. Every Time’ encapsulates the excellent care we strive to deliver to our community, every time with no exceptions. Our ongoing commitment to achieving our vision is guided by our values ‘Caring, Passionate and Trustworthy’. Our staff are passionate professionals that deliver this service across the entire Loddon Mallee region.

More than 1750 registered nurses are employed at Bendigo Health in roles that vary from;

Specialities such as interventional, maternity, critical care, special care nursery, psychiatric, renal.

Inpatients being surgical, medical and rehabilitation unit

Outpatient inclusive of oncology, specialist clinics, woman’s health.

Community services such as HITH, district nursing and specific maternity and newborn programs.

Residential care nursing inclusive of TCP and residential in reach.

Nurse management. 

To support new recruits, we offer graduate specific programs which are designed to guide the development of clinical and professional competence during the transition from student to registered nurse and/or midwife.

The Division of Chief Nursing and Midwifery/ Quality and Patient Information, provides leadership for the nursing workforce throughout Bendigo Health as it led by our Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer. Nurses are the largest work group within Bendigo Health and the division has a keen focus on supporting our nursing workforce to feel valued and empowered to provide excellent care. Our aspiration for nurses and midwifes at Bendigo Health is; Always caring, Always achieving.

Quality and Patient Information provides leadership and support for quality improvement, patient safety and experience and health information services across the organisation.  The division, through both Health Information Services and Quality, have key roles in medical record management, clinical documentation, Freedom of Information, patient safety, quality improvement, risk management, external reporting and compliance requirements. There is a strong strategic and operational focus of promoting quality improvement, supporting the organisation to review incidents, data and systems to improve patient outcomes and efficiency of the business. 

There are many opportunities available within Bendigo Health and I encourage you to take the time to explore them.

David Rosaia
Executive Director Quality & Patient Information/
Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer

Graduate Programs

Bendigo Health prides itself on providing you with the best start to your nursing and midwifery career. Our range of graduate programs span acute, sub-acute, community, aged care, psychiatry, women's health, special care nursery and paediatrics. All programs are graduate specific - designed to support your development of clinical and professional competence as you transition from student to registered nurse/midwife in a supportive, caring and passionate workplace.

Each program includes: 

  • comprehensive induction and orientation 
  • supernumerary time
  • supported learning and development opportunities/ study days
  • debriefing 
  • clinical support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
Bendigo Health is committed to increasing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and building on relationships with our Aboriginal community to provide improved health outcomes. Bendigo Health is a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Graduate and Cadetship Network and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to all of our programs.  Successful applicants work within the mainstream graduate programs with the addition of culturally appropriate support, mentoring and educational opportunities focusing on professional development and cultural identity.

Please contact Nurse Educator Transition Programs: for more informaiton

Click on each tab for more information about each of our 2019 graduate nursing and midwifery programs.

2019 Graduate programs information session

Nursing and midwifery students are invited to attend the Bendigo Health 2019 Graduate Programs information session. The session will include presentations on each of the programs offered in 2019, as well as application requirements. Click here to book your ticket.

How to apply:

All interestes applicants can register their details on the Bendigo Health eRecruit system now, click here to sign up now.  As your preferred program positions are advertised, you will recieve notification via email. Application open on June 4, 2018 for the 2019 programs.

Blended, Psychiatric, Midwifery, Neonatal/Paediatric and Aged Care
Bendigo Health participates in the Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria Computer Match (PMCV) process.
Please refer to the PMCV website for eligibility criteria, registration, application requirements and key dates.
Applications to your preferred programs are made directly to Bendigo Health via eRecruit. Please read the Position Description and Application Requirements carefully as each program will require submission of specific information.
Applicants who do not qualify for computer match can apply directly to eRecruit.  Please note your ineligibility for PMCV in your Application Letter.

Enrolled Graduate Nurse Positions

PMCV is not used for the Enrolled Graduate Nurse Program. Please apply directly to the eRecruit position and follow the advertised position instructions. 

Click here for current vacancies and to register your interest with Bendigo Health

Key Dates
Bendigo Health Information Session: Wednesday June 6, 2018
Bendigo Health applications open date:
4 June, 2018
Bendigo Health applications close date:
20 July, 2018
Shortlisting pocess:
23 July - 3 August, 2018
Notifications of interviews:
6 - 17 August, 2018 (approximately)
20 - 31 August
Reference checking:
3 - 14 September, 2018
PMCV closing date for candidates to withdraw or alter preferences:
14 September, 2018
Computer Match results available to eligible applicants:
9 October, 2018

Useful Links:
 Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Expo
Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency  (AHPRA)
Post Graduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV)
Careers at Bendigo Health (eRecruit)
Bendigo Hospital Project
City of Greater Bendigo
Bendigo Tourism
 Department of Health - Victorian Health Workforce

Nursing Graduate Programs

The Blended Stream Graduate Program provides an opportunity for graduate registered nurses to experience a mix of acuity and diversity across settings by undertaking two six month rotations. The options available for rotation include: 

  • Medical - cardiac
  • Medical - oncology/renal 
  • Surgical
  • Orthopaedics
  • Emergency 
  • Day of Surgery Admission
  • Recovery
  • Theatre  - scrub/scout
  •  Rehabilitation - stroke/neuro
  •  Rehabilitation - orthopaedic and amputee
  • Aged Care
  • Dementia Care (Simpkin House)
  • Psychiatry - acute adult unit
  • Psychiatry - extended care unit
  • Community Nursing Service
  • Hospice and  
  • Specialists clinics. 

Recognising the important role nurses play in all settings, graduates are provided with guides and opportunities to develop and consolidate knowledge and skills that are both unique and transferable to any area of nursing practice, laying strong foundations for career progression beyond the graduate year. 

Graduates are employed for 12 months 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the nursing education transition programs team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

For more information please contact:

The Enrolled Nurse Graduate Program provides an opportunity for newly graduated enrolled nurses to consolidate and advance knowledge and skills in different settings by undertaking two six month rotations. Rotations are available in Aged care and Psychiatry. 

Graduates are employed at 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the nurse education transition programs team, clinical support nurses, nurse unit managers, and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

Knowledge and skills acquired, practiced and consolidated during the program will provide a strong foundation to your nursing career.

For more information please contact:

Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services provides Parent and Infant, Adult and Older Persons Inpatient services. Community psychiatric services include Child and Adolescent, Youth, Adult and Older Persons mental health services. 

The aim of the Mental Health Graduate program is to facilitate the transition from student to registered nurse within a supportive environment, offering opportunity for clinical experience and professional development in psychiatry. The program encourages consolidation of psychiatric nursing skills and knowledge within a holistic framework of nursing practice. 

Each graduate is employed at 0.8EFT and offered three, four month clinical rotations in either Youth, Adult, Older Person In-patient or Community psychiatric settings. Our Mental Health Graduate Program attracts credit towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health at Latrobe University. The theoretical material for these subjects is incorporated throughout the 12 study days during the Mental Health Graduate year.  

For more information contact: Psychiatric Services Professional Development Unit (PSPDU) on (03) 5454 7612

Psychiatric Graduate Information Brochure

GNP Application checklist 2018 for psych grad program 2019

Bendigo Health Women's and Children's Services offer a 12 month midwifery graduate program to support newly qualified midwives to consolidate their knowledge and skills in caring for women and babies throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal journey. 

The graduate year is supported by the midwifery education team, the broader midwifery group and the medical team within the service.  

Graduates participating in this program gain confidence, feel a genuine part of our multidisciplinary team and develop competence as a midwife at the end of their graduate year. Graduate midwives are offered four structured study days throughout the year to consolidate their theoretical foundation in midwifery. 

For more information contact:
The neonatal and paediatric graduate nurse program at Bendigo Health is a specialty program for new nurses with a passion for caring for babies, infants, children and their families. Graduates spend six months in the Special Care Nursery (SCN) and six months in the Children’s ward allowing for consolidation and advancement of knowledge and skills in neonatal and paediatric nursing.

The SCN is a designated high dependency level 4 unit, providing care to neonates born as early as 32 weeks gestation, stabilising neonates requiring more complex care prior to transfer to a neonatal intensive care unit and providing ongoing management for infants no longer requiring tertiary care. 

The Children’s ward delivers nursing care for children of all ages, from infants to adolescents, for a large variety of medical, and surgical conditions, be that acute, chronic or complex. 

Graduates are employed at 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the nursing education team, nurse unit managers, and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

For more information contact:

Debbie Forbes
Nurse Unit Manager (Children’s ward)
5454 6000
Providing a unique opportunity in gerontological nursing, a specialty Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program is offered at Bendigo Health.  The 12 month program offers two six month rotations in residential aged care facilities.  

Graduates concurrently study BH’s long-standing Contextual Care of Older People (formerly the Certificate of Gerontological Nursing). This course receives university credit towards postgraduate qualifications. This assists in building specialised knowledge of gerontological nursing, whilst they are supported by Clinical Support Nurses and Nurse Educators to consolidate and build their nursing skills.

Graduates are employed at 0.8 EFT. Support is provided by the nursing education team, nurse unit managers, and nursing and interprofessional colleagues.

For more information contact:
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