Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Interested in joining our 2022 Mental Health Graduate RN Program?


Download a PDF version of our information booklet!

We will be holding two live online information and Q & A sessions.

Wednesday 26th May & Friday 11th June,

4.30pm - 5.30pm

 Please email to register and a link will be forwarded to you.

Our Program

Start your mental health nursing career in a leading health service.

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne is part of St Vincent's Health Australia, the largest not for profit health service network in Australia. It is an exciting and expanding organization with a strong commitment to providing teaching and training to all health professionals.

St Vincent's Hospital offers a unique and highly specialized Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program, encompassing adult and aged mental health in acute and community settings, with the opportunity for a long and fulfilling career in mental health care.

During your graduate year you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your skills in a supportive environment, working closely with the education team and an allocated preceptor. You are also given the opportunity to participate in weekly reflective group supervision facilitated by our senior occupational therapist.

Our academic program will gain you valuable credits towards a post-graduate diploma in mental health nursing. Upon successful completion, your position with St Vincent’s will progress into a Post-Graduate position the following year, during this time you will complete your diploma through a tertiary education provider of your choice.

At St Vincent's, consumer-focused care is based on The Strengths Model—A recovery-oriented approach to mental health services. We appreciate that individuals have their own unique strengths, and staff work to support them throughout their recovery journey. You will be trained in the use of key recovery tools, and will be encouraged to develop your own creative recovery-orientated care strategies.

How to apply

Applications for the 2022 mental health Graduate Nurse Program will open 7th June 2021 and close 9th July 2021

These will be advertised both through our website and on popular job seeking platforms.

Please note, these positions are part-time (0.8 EFT), to ensure work-life balance.

St Vincent’s Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program accepts applications via Computer Match (PMCV). For information about PMCV please head to their website. 

Applying for our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Computer match applications:

Register with PMCV (Computer Match)
Complete the online application for St Vincent’s Graduate Nurse Program via Workday 

Step 1 – Preparing your online application

During the online application process on workday, you will be asked to upload your resume. At this stage, please uploaded the following documents compiled into a single PDF:

  • Letter of application, addressed Attention to: The Mental Health Graduate Nurse Coordinator outlining why you wish to be a Mental Health Graduate at St Vincent’s (maximum of one page).
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum of 3 pages)
  • Academic transcript to date, with results legend (certified copy)
  • Certified copies of your 2 most recent third year clinical placement reports. Reports must be sent in their entirety not selected parts or pages. (If you have not completed a third year mental health placement at the time of application, please also send your most recent second year mental health/ acute placement report)
  • One of your reports needs to be from your most recent mental health placement.


Additional information required:

The name and details of one professional referee (must be a Clinical Teacher, Preceptor or a senior nurse to whom you have recently reported to). Ensure you inform your referee of your intention to list them.

All components of the application are considered when shortlisting applicants for interview. Notification for interview will be via email.

If you require assistance submitting your application online contact St Vincent’s People & Organisational Development (HR) on 03 9231 1500.

Step 2 - Attending an interview

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be invited to attend a group interview likely via Microsoft Teams. We will give you more information regarding the interview process at this time.

Step 3 - Outcome of PMCV Match

PMCV Computer Match results will be released Monday 26th July. If you are successfully matched to St Vincent’s you will be contacted by phone within 48 hours.

More Information

Information and Downloads

Please watch our video to discover more about our Mental Health Graduate Program




Rapp, C.A., & Goscha, R.J. (2012). The Strengths Model—A recovery-oriented approach to mental health services (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program Enquiries

If you would like more information, please address enquiries to: 

St Vincent’s Mental Health Education Team
Phone: 03 9231 2194