Graduate Nurses

graduate opportunities – registered and enrolled nurses


who are we looking for?

Registered Nurses

Here at Perth Clinic we’re looking for highly motivated graduates who are team players, graduates who will take on responsibility, act with integrity and have a quality orientation. Nurses who are patient focused and have good communication skills, but most importantly nurses who are dedicated and keen to make a difference to the mental health of their patients.

Perth Clinic graduates will enjoy working in a dynamic and challenging environment where they can apply and expand their existing skills and knowledge, whilst specializing in mental health. Graduates will form an important part of a high-performing nursing workforce that is committed to promoting the mental wellbeing of their patients, protecting patient’s rights, and supporting their families.

Our graduate program is professional and responsive to the complex practice skills required to meet the multifaceted needs of patients with mental health problems. We focus on expanding our graduates’ experience and developing their knowledge through hands on learning and a monthly two day formal education calendar. Throughout the supported 12 month program graduates will acquire the ability to access and make safe decisions regarding the issues that intrude or complicate psychiatric care. Graduates will expand their role as a nurse and a new dynamic scope of practice will be achieved that is meaningful to all aspects of nursing care.

Over the course of the 12 month program, graduates will generally undertake four placements across the four Perth Clinic wards. These four placements will provide the graduate with exposure to acute psychiatry, older adult psychiatry, co-existing substance abuse and adolescent psychiatry. Knowledge of psychopharmacology and the biological basis of its use in mental illness will form an important component of your learning.

All graduate nurses will be supplied with a comprehensive portfolio of self directed learning packages and questionnaires that complement and integrate learning strategies to effectively improve the nursing care delivered by the graduate and subsequently improve patient outcomes and their return to wellness.

Enrolled Nurses

Enrolled Nurses play a key role in shaping the mental health care profession. This is a challenging era for both nursing and healthcare with increasing requirements in our population related to mental health needs. Enrolled nurses at Perth Clinic have the potential to help address these challenges and advance their practice knowledge and skills in psychiatry.

Perth Clinic is looking for Enrolled nurses with a special interest it mental health, nurses who will advocate for quality evidenced based care, collaborate and work well within a team by facilitating and enhancing patient care.

Enrolled nurses at Perth Clinic will be given preference to undertake a graduate supported year in mental health. With additional protected educational preparation and a variety of practice clinical settings, Perth Clinic aims enhance and actively shape the Enrolled nurses professional development. Working within a team the Enrolled nurse will be encouraged to develop personal professional goals and integrate and link these goals to their personal work satisfaction.

career pathways

Clinical Excellence Program

Perth Clinic in partnership with Notre Dame University Fremantle Campus, co-ordinates a training program delivered on site that offers the opportunity for individual nurses to gain 100 points towards a master’s degree. Perth Clinic’s Clinical Excellence program aims to build on knowledge acquired by nurses during their graduate year and prepares our nurses for flexible leadership in mental health. The Clinical Excellence Program may be undertaken in conjunction with the Perth Clinic Graduate Program.

Perth Clinic is sponsoring its graduate nurses who choose to undertake this program. With tailored mental health training and development, challenging roles, extensive support and career opportunities, a nursing career with Perth Clinic is more rewarding than you ever thought possible.

Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing

Nurses who have completed a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing now have access to further study that offers them an unique opportunity to extend and enhance their career pathway in Mental Health. The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing is offered in partnership with Notre Dame University and is a one year program that includes units in Reflective Practice, Management and Ethics of Professional Life.

Perth Clinic believes higher education is integral to the delivery of high-quality health care and the Clinic supports and helps facilitate the educational advancement opportunities for its staff.

Upon graduation from the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nursing, nurses will have the option of undertaking a Masters of Nursing which requires a further two semesters of part-time study.

graduate perspective

Intake: Perth Clinic offers one graduate intake per year, in January.

Your written application should include:

  • personal details;
  • work experience;
  • details of your academic history;
  • your current resume; and
  • 2 current references

The Director of Clinical Services will assess applications and shortlist applicants to be interviewed. When short listing has been completed we will advise all candidates who have not progressed to interview.

Contact: For preliminary inquiries about the Graduate Nurse Program please contact Siobhan McElroy on 9488 2930 or email: