Graduate Year Programs
The aim of our graduate programs are to provide:
- Support and guidance to the beginning practitioner in a friendly and safe environment
- Develop confidence, clinical competence and skills in the multifaceted role of the registered nurse or midwife
- A rewarding experience in a rural health service
Three graduate program streams are being offered by DjHS:
A comprehensive 5 day orientation program and 6 study days are held at Ballarat Health Services which gives Graduates a fantastic learning experience throughout their program. Supernumerary time is provided at the start of each rotation.
Four clinical rotations:
The Medical/Surgical Unit provides a wide variety of services for clients with general medical conditions and provides post-operative care. The ward has 20 beds with 2 beds allocated to palliative care.
Surgery provided is General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Gynaecology, Orthopaedic and Endoscopy.
The ward is staffed at all times by Registered and Enrolled nurses.
General Medical Practitioners with approved in-patient admission rights are able to admit patients with acute medical conditions to the ward. The admission process is organised through the Nurse Manager, or the person deputising in the position, and is dependent upon bed availability. In addition to General Practitioners, there are many Specialist Medical Services provided.
The Operating Suite offers a wide range of services, which include a Central Sterilising Supplies Department (CSSD), a Pre-Admission Clinic, two Operating Rooms, an Endoscopy Room and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, which includes six day procedure beds.
Theatre Services offer surgery in a range of specialities, which includes Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ear Nose and Throat, Urology, Orthopaedics, General, Plastics as well as Endoscopic services.
The Residential Care Unit provides 24 hour quality high level nursing care in a home-like environment for 30 high care residents. A respite bed is also available to provide a break for carers. Person centred care is provided by fully qualified registered nurses, a physiotherapist, allied health services and diversional therapists.
Grant Lodge is a member of Dementia Care Australia and through the implementation of the “Spark of Life” approach; staff are able to provide a dementia supportive environment. As well as providing home cooked meals with personal diet preferences, Grant Lodge provides an extensive lifestyle program in Bacchus Marsh.
Prospective residents can, by appointment, view Grant Lodge. Once an assessment for permanent residential care or high level respite care has been finalised and the initial paper work is completed, the prospective resident’s name is put on the waiting list.
All residents and relatives are encouraged to participate in events occurring in the residential facilities and to become a part of the Grant Lodge community.
1 acute rotation at Ballarat Health Services
Ballarat Health Services operates the Ballarat Base Hospital, the largest regional hospital in the Grampians region. It is the principal referral hospital for the entire region, which extends from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border, an area of 48,000 square kilometres.
More than 230,000 people, or 4.4 per cent of the population of Victoria, live in the Grampians Region.
Ballarat Health Services employs around 4,000 staff to ensure optimum care is provided for all patients, families and visitors.
Ballarat Health Services was established on 1 January 1997 to unite and enhance three respected public health services: Queen Elizabeth Centre, Ballarat Base Hospital and Grampians Psychiatric Services.
Ballarat has a population of around 100,000 people and is Australia's 20th largest city.
The key services are based at two sites, the Base Hospital site and the Queen Elizabeth Centre site. Each site is located close to the central business district, with the remaining residential, day centres and community sites located throughout Ballarat.
This program is an exciting opportunity for newly registered Bachelor of Midwifery or Double Nursing & Midwifery degree graduate to complete a transition to practice year within regional and rural settings. We provide a learning environment that promotes development through support and guidance. The hospital provides antenatal, birthing, postnatal and domiciliary services for up to 1000 low risk birth annually. A specialty rotation in either SCN or Labour Ward with a high acuity focus will be provided through Maternity Connect. Study days are held at Bacchus Marsh Hospital and Ballarat Health Service.
Primary Care Stream
This innovative Collaborative Graduate Program enables nursing graduates to develop the clinical and health promotion skills required to work in primary care as well as the acute care environment. The successful Graduates will spend 6 months at DJHS on our medical/surgical ward and 6 months at Bacchus Marsh Medical Centre.
A comprehensive 5 day orientation program and 6 study days are held at Ballarat Health Services which gives Graduates a fantastic learning experience throughout their program. You will also be provided with an extensive orientation program at BMMC in addition to your orientation at BHS. Supernumerary time is provided at the start of each rotation.
Bacchus Marsh Medical Centre is a comprehensive GP medical practice with onsite pathology, physiotherapy, acupuncture, cardiology, psychology and diabetic education.
These services are located on two sites at:
2 Turner Street, Bacchus Marsh 3340 &
147 Gisborne Road, Darley 3340
Staff at the medical centre provide an extensive range of services including: Obstetrics and Antenatal Care, Travel and Childhood vaccinations, minor surgery, workplace medicals and counselling.
The practice aims to provide high quality health care in a professional and efficient manner.
In addition to general medical consultations, the practice offers the following services:
Family Planning, Pregnancy Tests, ECG / Heart Check, Spirometry, Vaccinations, Pap Smears, Obstetrics / Antenatal Care, 4yr Old Health Checks, Care Plans, Counselling, Blood Tests, Minor Surgery, Treatment of Fractures, Acupuncture, Weight Control, Nutrition Advice, Health Assessments, Aged Care
Our Health Service
On Friday 21 October 2016, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Jill Hennessy, visited Bacchus Marsh & Melton Regional Hospital to announce a $10.6 million State Government investment in Djerriwarrh Health Services.
The new funding will allow:
- $1.6 million to increase the number of post-delivery beds in the Maternity Unit from 11 to 15, catering for up to 1200 births per annum. It will also allow an upgrade of nurse workstations, delivery suites and the entire maternity department as well as the inclusion of a three-bay nursery for resuscitation and stabilising unwell babies
- $9 million for the development of two new operating theatres, an upgrade of an existing theatre, refurbishment of the recovery area, and the development of new staff and patient change rooms.
This significant State Government investment follows the:
- $2.9 million on-site Central Sterile Supply Unit (CSSU) at Bacchus Marsh (image above)
- new $21 million Melton Community Services & Health Hub health centre in the Melton Health Precinct.
|Medical/Surgical Unit||17 Medical/Surgical Beds |
2 purpose built Palliative Care Rooms
1 Detoxification bed
|Maternity||2 Family Birthing Suites |
2 Labour Rooms
7 Single Rooms
1 (2) Bed Room
|Grant Lodge Residential Care Unit||30 High Level Aged Care Beds|
|Theatre||Endoscopy, Orthopaedic, General, obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Dental, Vascular and Urology.|
|Urgent Care Services at Bacchus Marsh||1 Resuscitation Cubicle |
1 Paediatric Cubicle
2 Acute Cubicles
1 Treatment Room
|Melton Health Campus||Provides ambulatory care to the core programs of Day Medical (Urgent Care, Renal Dialysis and Oncology), Adult Health (Chronic Disease Management, Orthopaedic and Neurological Rehabilitation as well as a number of specialists medical clinics), Women and Children’s Health (Childbirth Education, Obstetric Care, Day Stay Program and Paediatric Assessment Clinics) and Dental Services.|
Our Education Team
Education Manager- Julie Hammett
Julie was employed at DJHS in March 2016. Julie has worked across the education field extensively. Julie was previously the Education Manager at Mercy Health Werribee for over 10 years. Julie has a Master’s in Education and Post Graduate qualifications in Midwifery and management. Julie has also worked for the federal government within the Primary health Networks. Julie is very excited to see the growth and development which has occurred over the last 12 months at Djerriwarrrh Health and very much looks forward to the continued commitment to education and clinical excellence.
Clinical Nurse Educator- Carolyn Steinman
Carolyn has been employed at DJHS in the Clinical Nurse Educator role since April 2016, prior to that Carolyn worked at Western health as a Clinical Education Resource Nurse for 6 years. She has extensive experience supporting students and Graduates and is passionate about ensuring that Graduates health and wellbeing is maintained throughout the GNP year.
Carolyn works 4 days a week.
Specialty Clinical Nurse Educator- Kim Spalding and Michelle Smith
The Specialty Clinical Nurse Educator role was created in 2017. The aim of this role is to provide support and clinical leadership to our staff, Graduates and Post Graduate students working in specialty areas including Theatre, Urgent Care, Renal Dialysis and Day Medical.
Michelle and Kim both have extensive experience as ICU Clinical Nurse Educators. Prior to their employment at DJHS they both worked as Clinical Nurse Educators at Western health in ICU, they work part time at DJHS and still maintain their Education role part time at Western health also.
Michelle ‘s qualifications include a Masters of Education, Graduate Certificate in eLearning, Graduate Certificate in Critical Care (Intensive Care Nursing), Diploma of Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is also accredited as an ALS 2 provider with the Australian Resuscitation Council.
Kim’s qualifications include Graduate Diploma of Advanced Clinical Nursing (Critical Care), Diploma of Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is also an accredited ALS 2 provider with the Australian Resuscitation Council.
The role is 4 days a week.
Midwifery Educator and Clinical Midwife Consultant- Kathy Murphy
This role was created to provide clinical teaching, education, orientation and support to students, graduates and the maternity services team. Midwifery education and training programs are run throughout the year and are evaluated on a regular basis to ensure they meet the needs of the Unit and the individuals.
Kathy has vast midwifery experience spanning over 12 years and her passion for education is paramount. She has worked as a Midwife in the UK for many years. Prior to commencing DJHS, she was employed as an Associate Nurse Unit Manager at Mercy Health for over 6 years embarking on many quality initiatives within the organisation.
Kathy works 4 days per week.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to be eligible to apply?
Please refer to Graduate Nurse/Midwife Program Match (GNMP Match) – PMCV (Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria) for eligibility criteria and details http://computermatching.pmcv.com.au/index.cfm
I have already completed my degree. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes – if you have not previously participated in a Graduate Nurse Program at a hospital/health service and you completed your nursing degree in this calendar year (January – December).
I am an interstate or international applicant. Am I eligible to apply?
You must be eligible to apply through to computer match in order to apply for our graduate program. Check eligibility criteria at http://computermatching.pmcv.com.au/index.cfm
How do I address my application?
You must address your letter to the person by name and title who appears in the advertisement for the Graduate Nurse Program.
Where do I send my application?
Applications are only accepted online on our website http://djhs.recruitmenthub.com.au/Vacancies/
Does my CV/resume have to be faultless to be considered? What if I make a mistake?
Attention to detail creates a positive impression, and ensuring your completed documentation is of a high standard is a very important component in standing out. Please note that any application which is late or incomplete (i.e. missing documentation) will not be considered for interview.
What is a true certified copy?
A certified true copy is an exact duplicate of the original document which has been sighted by an authorised signatory, and signed off as a “true copy”. The wording must say “This is a certified true copy" and signed. All pages need to be certified in this way even if the document is 10 pages long.
Who can I get to certify my documents?
In Australia there are a range of persons authorised to certify documentation. AHPRA has a comprehensive list of authorised officers along with the signatory requirements online: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Certifying-Documents.aspx
What documents do I need to provide with my application?
Letter of Application outlining your reasons for choosing Djerriwarrh Health Services
Academic Transcript (including 3rd year mid-year results)
Clinical Appraisal’s (including 2nd, & 3rd, year)
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