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As a sub-regional health service we offer a breadth of services including emergency, acute, sub-acute, surgical, maternity, allied and community health, and aged care. Our people are our greatest asset and that’s why our graduates and interns say it is our people that inspired them to join our team and keep coming back.
As a teaching hospital, continued learning is embedded in our culture. We have a strong alliance with the University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health, are part of the Murray 2 the Mountains program and our independent education and research unit is well-recognised for offering a supportive environment to learn and grow.
Our redeveloped, contemporary spaces have delivered a new emergency department, ICU, paediatric ward, medical ward extension, short-stay unit and updated maternity ward.
NHW is the largest employer in the city of Wangaratta and we have strong ties with our community. Our thriving city has contemporary eateries, major retail outlets, and a host of surrounding satellite towns for recreational enjoyment. Our hospital is close to the train station and we’re an easy 2.5 hour drive to Melbourne.
Working at NHW
What makes working at NHW different? Caring for you is important to us, so you can bring your best to work each day. As an employee of Northeast Health, we offer our staff a range of benefits including:
Getting the balance right – the most recent Hospital Health checks conducted by the AMA gave NHW A and Bs across the six categories including rostering; workload and overtime; access to leave; DIT wellbeing; education and training; workforce management and culture; and recommendation by trainee.
More money in your pocket – we offer attractive Salary Packaging Benefits for Victorian Public Health Sector employees that you can customise to support your own financial goals. You can salary package up to $9010 tax-free on items that would normally attract FBT, such as your mortage , rent or through a credit card. Salary packaging stretches your pay further, so there’s more money in your pocket for the things that matter.
Attractive annual leave – many of our enterprise agreements provide five weeks’ annual leave, which helps recharge your batteries and balance your hard work with time to relax and refresh. Our flexible working conditions provide the option of additional annual leave and accrued days off by negotiation.
Your wellbeing is important too – giving our best care is a goal that we all share. We know that your wellbeing is an important component in bringing your best to work each day. Our people and culture team supports the health and wellbeing of our workforce and works to ensure we maintain a positive culture and an environment that nurtures and motivates our teams. Our program provides access to professional support as part of our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and guides your return to work if you are sick or injured. We also have local providers that offer discounted gym memberships and other benefits for working with us.
It’s not all serious – delivering quality care requires exceptional skill and concentration, but we try to balance this with time to celebrate and socalise. Our active Social Club offers discount movie tickets and organises informal catch ups, events, ski trips and family events. We celebrate days of significance, hold staff lunches, celebrate the achievements of our staff and connect through our staff facebook group and other engagement. It’s only $26 for the year, plus puts you in the monthly draw for a gift card/cash prize and access to membership discounts.
Helping you grow – your personal and professional development is important to us, whether you’re an intern, graduate or switching pathways. Smart Time dedicates time in our organisational calendar to professional development, our education and medical workforce units support the learning of our nurses and junior doctors and our professional pathways offer opportunities to develop new skills and your leadership potential. Plus you’ll have access to our online library and resources.
It’s the little things – easy (and free!) car parking, public transport options, riding/walking tracks, an onsite cafe, massage chairs and corporate uniform are some of the little things that we hope make your day more comfortable and enjoyable.
Visit our Job Vacancies page to see our current vacancies
If there is a role available that interests you, complete our online application. If you’d like to be kept informed of future opportunities, we’d love you to join our talent community and we’ll keep you updated and reach out if a role comes up that might interest you.
When you join our team, we don’t just file your contract and move on. Our supportive onboarding process helps you prepare for your first day. If you’re moving into the area to join our team, our support team can provide assistance and connections to help make the move as smooth as possible.
On your first day, we don’t wave goodbye at the gate and leave you to it. Our comprehensive induction program helps staff settle in and connects you with the team. As part of our onboarding, we’ll seek your ‘Fresh Eyes Feedback’ which helps us improve our processes for future staff.
Step 1 - Submit your application
Step 2 - Applications reviewed
Step 3 – Phone call to invite you to interview
Step 4 – Interview (in-person or remote)
Step 5 – Background checks
Step 6 – Job Offer
Step 7 – Onboarding
Step 8 – Welcome to your first day
Step 9 – Our onboarding support continues
Step 10 – Staff Induction
Step 11 - Fresh Eyes Feedback
RESPECT - FAIRNESS - EXCELLENCE - INTEGRITY - COURAGE - KINDNESS
Our values and beliefs put our patients and people at the heart of our health service. We commit to being bold and living these values, even when it's difficult.
Staff are rewarded for putting our values into practice through our weekly recognition program. Our annual Excellence Awards recognise the academic achievement, excellence in practice and years of service of staff. Our scholarship program is supported by community partnerships and provides opportunities for staff to further extend their professional practice.
Diversity and inclusion
As an inclusive workplace, we encourage you to bring your whole self to work. NHW is a safe and inclusive workplace. We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are. We expect our workforce to align with our diversity commitments and programs. Working at NHW means you are on board with our journey, you will show respect and be respected. You will show understanding and kindness and receive the same, regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, identity or other protected attribute. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of our land and pay respects to elders past present and emerging. We celebrate diversity, provide employee support, training opportunities, and work to ensure our policy and guidelines reflect our commitment.
Your feedback counts
Each year our staff are surveyed and we use this to drive our people and culture improvement. Our People Matter Group brings together a diverse group of employees who are committed to helping our organisation be the best workforce possible. They analyse the results of our annual survey and staff feedback and recommend actions and initiatives to improve our culture, facilities and processes. They report back monthly to staff on this important work.
Across our organisation, you'll have support for ongoing professional development. We aim to have learning pathways to suit a range of ambitions, whether that is to progress your clinical development, additional qualifications or expand your leadership capabilities. We have a strong affiliation with the University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School, LaTrobe University and GOTAFE.
The Victorian Government provides a range of financial incentives for people relocating to Victoria to work in healthcare including $13,000 travel reimbursement to help international and returning Australian healthcare workers with relocation costs. More information is available on the Victoria Department of Health website.
Where to live
Wangaratta's property market offers a range of lifestyle choices including suburban options, semi-acre lifestyle properties and satellite towns for those interested in a more rural lifestyle. Wangaratta offers great value for money when investing in real estate, with a median house price of $525,000 compared to $907,000 in Melbourne (Source: Property Update). The medium unit price in Wangaratta is $356,000 compared to $525,000 in Melbourne (Source: Realestate.com.au).
Getting around is simple with a vibrant CBD, easy parking, walking and riding tracks and a central train station. Wangaratta has a range of sporting facilities, sport and leisure groups, shopping and restaurants/cafes within arms reach. Check out more of the lifestyle options at livewangaratta.com.au
Childcare and Education options
Wangaratta has a combination of private and public childcare centres and kindergartens. Placements are generally in high demand and NHW can help with information and connections to support you in this process. We encourage you to discuss your needs with our onboarding team and start exploring your options early. The average cost for childcare in Wangaratta is $136 per day before government rebates and subsidies, which is approximately $25-$50 per day lower than Melbourne childcare centres. The Australian Government site Starting Blocks can help you find approved care in Wangaratta and compare costs.
The Victorian kindergarten program offers Three and Four-Year-Old Kinder to support a child's development until they start school.
Our region has a wide range of public and private primary and secondary schools, including dedicated primary and secondary schools and a P-12 College. In Victoria, secondary education begins at 12 years old. Public education in Victoria is considered 'free' however there may be some associated costs such as school levies, uniform, technology, books and activities. Non-government school fees are variable, but start at $1350 for primary school and from approximately $4,000 for secondary school.
Explore your educational options for kinder, primary, secondary, tertiary and special needs on the Live Wangaratta website.
Sport and leisure
Wangaratta offers a range of sporting and recreational activities. We are an hour from some of Victoria's most majestic ski fields, and have great local fishing, water sports, cycling and adventure trails.
Northeast Health Wangaratta and Illoura, our residential aged care facility, are both within walking distance of the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre. We have a wide variety of fitness and wellbeing centres and a number of them offer special deals for our employees.
Bike and walking tracks are established throughout the Wangaratta township and link to most residential areas. For the more adventurous, Bright and Beechworth offer world-class mountain bike tracks.
Wangaratta has a host of thriving social and competitive sporting groups for all ages, such as football, netball, soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, golf, hockey, swimming, cricket and clay shooting to name just a few.
Enjoy and explore
North East Victoria is well regarded as home to some of the finest food and wine in Australia. The Glenrowan, King Valley, Beechworth and Rutherglen wine regions are all in close proximity and the Milawa Gourmet region offers produce including specialty cheese, mustards, olives, preserves and seasonal produce. These experiences are only a short drive from Wangaratta.
Wangaratta has an exciting cafe and restaurant culture including fine dining, pubs, cafes and bars. With plenty of parking, public transport and 24/7 taxi service, if you don't feel like a walk there are plenty of options to get you home.
To break away from the everyday, the local Ovens and King Rivers, the nearby Murray River, lakes, national parks and wetlands provide a host of options for swimming, boating, bushwalking and picnicking.
We welcome applications from international healthcare workers who are looking to move to Australia. We have a strong and growing cohort of international workers who are enjoying living and working in Wangaratta. A range of opportunities exist to join our nursing, medical and allied health teams and we can provide assistance and support with your visa options and relocation.
Visa requirements and immigration
To work in Australia, if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident or have a valid visa that has full working rights for Australia there are options available across a range of visas for people who are qualified in an eligible skilled occupation, including healthcare positions. Explore the options at the Department of Home Affairs website or speak to our recruitment team for further information.
Working in Victoria
To work as a health practitioner in Australia, you need to be registered with the National Board of your profession. For many healthcare roles, this registration is through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). You will require the appropriate visa in advance of submitting your registration application to Ahpra. The Department's website has information on visa options and how to apply. You will also require a Certificate of Good Standing or Certificate of Registration Status from the registered authority in which you are, or have previously been, registered.
What's it like? Hear from one of our international recruits
Glacy relocated to Australia with her husband and two children in January 2023 and describes living and working in Wangaratta as “like no other”.
“I attained my Bachelor of Nursing in the and my expertise is in ICU, but of course healthcare is different from country to country and so I understood and appreciated the need for accreditation.”
“Once I achieved my conversion to be a registered nurse in Australia, COVID hit and that put our plans on hold,” Glacy said.
“By 2022 we started to gather all of the things to make an application and I talked with Northeast Health a few times about the opportunities here.”
Glacy and her family are sponsored by Northeast Health for a four-year visa as part of her employment in NHW’s general nursing pool.
“There is a need for more nurses in the pool for medical and surgical wards, so I am very pleased to help make a difference for those teams.”
Glacy’s husband is also a nurse and is progressing his accreditation to work in Australia while he works part-time.
“I feel enormously grateful that our family could stay together. We have two children, the eldest is five and the youngest has just turned two, so it would have been very painful to be separated from them.”
When asked what it was about Wangaratta that felt like home so quickly, Glacy said she found it hard to find the right words.
“I love it here. I love the hospital, the people. I don’t know why, but I fell in love with this place.”
“This is my dream to come to Australia, even before I was a nurse. I felt that Australia was like my own values, and I knew that it was where I wanted to be.”
“The experience of settling in here and becoming part of this community has been nothing short of incredible.”
Nursing & Midwives
Allied Health Professionals
Health & Allied, Managers and Administration Officers
- Health and Allied Services, Managers and Administrative Workers (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2021-2025
- Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2020