Graduate Programs for Nurses and Midwives

Your path to a brighter nursing future

Armadale Kalamunda Group (AKG), comprising of Armadale Health Service (AHS) and Kalamunda Hospital (KH), is one of Western Australia’s leading health care providers. We enjoy the benefits of being part of a bigger network of excellent health services through the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS), while retaining our unique identity and relaxed working environment with genuine family friendly work practices.

Armadale Health Service’s busy Emergency Department delivers exceptional emergency care to a diverse and growing community of some 182,000 people from the local catchment, with around 60,000 adult, paediatric and obstetric emergency presentations expected each year.

Kalamunda is a 39 bed specialist palliative care hospital located in the Darling scarp at the eastern limits of the Perth metropolitan area.

Armadale Kalamunda Group’s Graduate Programs are designed to support and encourage graduates in their first year of practice to achieve their personal and professional goals and consolidate their clinical practice. Our staff will provide you with support and education as you make the transition from student to registered/enrolled nurse or midwife.

We believe in lifelong learning and development as the key to your success and ours, and deliver a wide range of professional education and learning opportunities to help our staff gain valuable personal and professional skills.

The five Armadale Kalamunda Group Graduate Programs

12-month Enrolled Nurse Program (Armadale Health Service only)

Armadale Health Service offers a comprehensive 12-month hospital based enrolled nurse (EN) graduate program where you can develop your nursing career across both general and mental health clinical areas.

Our general program will give you a range of clinical experiences and education across the hospital with rotations including:

  • Acute medical
  • Rehabilitation and general medicine
  • Mental health.

12-month Registered Nurse Program (Armadale Health Service and Kalamunda Hospital)

Armadale Kalamunda Group offers a 12-month general program delivering a range of clinical experiences across the hospital, complemented by general education that includes general surgical, paediatrics and mental health education.

Rotations include:

  • Acute medical
  • Surgical
  • Long stay medical
  • Same Day Unit
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mental health
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Care.

12-month Registered Midwife Program (Armadale Health Service only)

Armadale Health Service offers a comprehensive midwifery program to develop your midwifery career. The Graduate Midwife Program is run on site at Armadale Health Service through our Maternity Unit, which comprises of inpatient wards, labour and birth suite, Antenatal Assessment Unit, Antenatal Clinics, Visiting Midwife Service, and Neonatal Unit. Graduate Midwives will have the opportunity to rotate through these areas. There may be an opportunity to also work within the Maternity Group Practice.

12-month Perioperative Program for Registered Nurses (Armadale Health Service only)

Armadale Health Service offers two, 12-month specialty programs for those considering a career in perioperative nursing. The curriculum for the REST program includes a structured six-month Introduction to Perioperative Nursing and rotations in recovery, same day and endoscopy units to help you gain general experience before commencing a six-month program in the perioperative unit. The curriculum for the perioperative program includes six months in general surgery and six months in obstetrics and gynaecology.

12-month Mental Health Graduate Program for Registered Nurses (Armadale Mental Health Service only)

The Armadale Mental Health Service (located on the AHS campus) provides inpatient, outpatient and community services for adults predominantly from the Armadale, Gosnells and Serpentine-Jarrahdale local government areas.

Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • consultation, assessment and treatment for moderate to severe mental health problems
  • individual, group and family therapy
  • education on mental health conditions and the medication prescribed
  • mental health recovery programs and life skills development.

The Mental Health Graduate Program for Registered Nurses offers a 12-month program in mental health nursing in partnership with Notre Dame University. Recruitment into this program is through the AKG Mental Health option via GradConnect (external site), the WA Department of Health’s centralised graduate recruitment website.

This program is designed for graduates wanting to specialise in mental health and provides 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.

Recruitment information

The AKG Graduate Programs commence annually in February, with the exception of the Mental Health Graduate Program which also has a second intake in August.

To be considered for a position in an AKG Graduate Program, you must register on-line via GradConnect (external site). Please refer to this website for further information.

No positions will be allocated outside of this process and time period.