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Graduate midwife and graduate nurse programs

Graduate Midwife Program

Two graduate nurses


The purpose of the Graduate Midwife Program (GMP) is to facilitate the transition of beginning level Midwifery practitioners into the workforce. Graduates gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings in a supportive environment, while consolidating theoretical learning, critical clinical skills and judgement. The program aims to:

  • promote personal and professional development,
  • consolidate and develop clinical midwifery skills and theoretical knowledge,
  • enhance professional responsibility and accountability for practice,
  • encourage critical inquiry in clinical practice, and
  • promote the development of collegial networks with midwifery colleagues, health professionals and the community.

Who is eligible?

Open to midwives within their first year of practice who are eligible for registration as a registered midwife with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

About the program

The program is designed for midwives in their first year of practice and consists of a 12 month pre-arranged clinical rotation, with paid study days, regular tutorials and clinical support including a mentorship program. Clinical placements may include Midwifery Group Practice, Antenatal Clinics, combined Antenatal/Postnatal Wards, Labour & Birth Suite, Breastfeeding Centre, Visiting Midwifery Service, Special Care Nursery, Mother and Baby Unit, Emergency Centre and Adult Special Care Unit.


The selection process is competitive with more candidates than places available. Recruitment into the program occurs twice a year.

Program start




July (of previous year to start date )



Applications for graduate positions (nursing and midwifery) at KEMH are accepted through the WA Health graduate nurse connect portal.

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Graduate Nurse Program


The Graduate Nurse Program, run in partnership with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, will provide newly graduated nurses with the opportunity to work in two of the top teaching hospitals in WA - King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH).

Graduate Nurses who complete the KEMH and SCGH Graduate Nurse Program can expect to enhance their confidence and competence as registered nurses, with well documented performance evaluations.

On completion of the Graduate Nurse Program there is the opportunity to apply for a position at either KEMH or SCGH.

Who is eligible?

Registered nurses who are within their first year of practice and who are currently registered with NMBA.

About the program

The Graduate Nurse Program is a 12 month program which includes:

  • Two six month rotations – i.e. one at KEMH and one at SCGH.
  • Places available at KEMH in February and August.
  • Four paid study days - two per rotation to enhance role development, reflective practice and clinical knowledge.
  • Monthly seminars for peer support, clinical and professional development.
  • Supernumerary days at commencement in each area.
  • Support from a selected preceptor in each area.
  • Ward based learning opportunities which are enhanced by the clinical development nurse.


Recruitment for all graduate programs at public hospitals in Western Australia occurs once per year. Graduates apply through the the WA Health graduate nurse connect portal  and indicate their preferred hospitals. If graduates wish to apply for a rotation at KEMH then they must indicate KEMH as their preferred hospital and the selection process will commence once the applications are received.

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