Graduate nurse program

Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5149
Margaret Boyd Education Centre, Dixon Street, Wangaratta, VIC 3677
Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Northeast Health offers first year registered nurses a unique and exciting program designed to expose them to a diverse range of clinical experiences. Our graduate nurse program gives you the opportunity to care for patients with varying needs in one of the six regional health services within the Central Hume Region.

Central Hume graduate nurses 2014/2015
Central Hume graduate nurses 2014/2015

Health services in the Central Hume Region

Each of the regional health services offers a supportive environment so that nurses in the program can consolidate and further develop knowledge and skills and prepare for future career opportunities.

The seven health services within the Central Hume Region have a collaborative approach and coordinate their graduate nurse programs by sharing their recruitment processes and professional development programs. The health services where you can complete the program are:

  • Northeast Health Wangaratta
  • Benalla Health
  • Yarrawonga Health
  • Mansfield District Hospital
  • Alpine Health
  • Tallangatta Health
  • Cooinda Village


When you join the graduate nurse program, you can participate in our innovative inter-hospital rotations. You will have the chance to spend 6 months of your graduate year in another hospital to further expand your diverse range of experiences and skills.

When you complete the graduate nurse program, you will be invited to apply for a second-year rotation program. If you are successful in your application, you will be offered a further 12-month contract with two more 6-month rotations.

Northeast Health Wangaratta also offers postgraduate studies if you choose to specialise in midwifery or rural critical care.

Pre-employment workshop

Before you begin the graduate nurse program, you will be given the opportunity to participate in a pre-employment workshop. This workshop offers you the:

  • chance to meet other new graduates
  • opportunity to meet the education team
  • opportunity to gain valuable insight into the year ahead of you.


Katie Higgs – Graduate Programs Coordinator
Phone: (03) 5722 5825