Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Interested in joining our 2023 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 8th & 22nd of June 2022

4:00pm – 5:00pm

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

Why work for St Vincent’s Mental Health?

Are you looking for your next challenge with a value driven culture?

Are you inspired to contribute to a changing clinical landscape?

Do you want to work with a service that cares about their people?

We believe that people have the capacity to recover, reclaim and transform their lives and strive to support individuals on their recovery journey.

Employee benefits 
  • 0.8 EFT Contract (January intake)
  • 1.0 EFT Contract (May intake)
  • Salary packaging
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • Staff GP health clinic
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Weekly supervision
  • Supportive learning environment
  • Rotations across different parts of the SVHM Mental Health Services
  • Opportunity for ongoing employment upon successful completion of graduate program
  • Opportunity to work in the heart of vibrant Fitzroy
Clinical rotations

St Vincent’s Mental Health provides inpatient, community, and specialist mental health care across a range of sites, including aged and adult services.

To ensure you maximise your learning and consolidate your skills, graduates rotate worksites across adult acute, community, and aged mental health. All graduates complete a rotation on one of the wards of the Adult Inpatient Service (AIS).

On each rotation you will be allocated a preceptor to support and assist you in that particular clinical area.  Our Clinical Nurse Educators also provide direct support and supervision. 

Graduate positions

· 13x positions for Mental Health recruited via PMCV for January start

· 2x positions for Mental Health / Emergency Department recruited via PMCV for January start (TBC)

· 5x positions for Mental Health recruited via direct applications for May start

Study Requirements

The Mental Health Graduate Year contains over 20+ study days on a range of topics to support you to become a well-rounded clinician.

· Supporting consumers who use substances

· Recovery Model of Mental Health Care

· Physical Health

· Shift-Leading

· Mental Health Act (2014)

· Motivational Interviewing

· Working with suicide and self-harm

· And many more!

The academic component of the graduate program comprises of 4x assessments, 2x case presentations and clinical competencies. Each assessment is tailored to your place of work and is relevant to your career growth and clinical skills.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive recognition of prior learning (RPL) when you enrol into post-graduate diploma in mental health nursing the following year.

Find out more by talking to us:

Mental Health Education Team


Phone: Clinical Nurse Educators

 03 9231 4122 / 03 9231 2194

How to apply

January intake: applications for the 2023 Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program (January) open 6th June 2022 and close 8th July 2022 (in line with PMCV Computer Match)

May intake: applications for the 2023 Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program (May) will open early 2023.

Applying for our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Computer match applications (January):

  1. Register with PMCV (Computer Match)
  2. Complete the online application for St Vincent’s Graduate Nurse Program via Workday on our website.

Direct applications (May):

  • Once live in January 2022, apply online to St Vincent's Graduate Nurse Program via Workday, found on St Vincent’s website.
  • Please email to be notified when applications open.

Step 1 – Preparing your online application

The following documents are to be uploaded (either a separate Word document or PDF):

  • Letter of application, addressed to The Mental Health Graduate Nurse Coordinator / Mental Health Education Team outlining why you wish to be a Mental Health Graduate at St Vincent’s (maximum of one page).
  • Curriculum vitae/resume (maximum of 3 pages).
  • Academic transcript to date, with results legend (certified copy).
  • Certified copies of your 2 most recent clinical placement reports. Reports must be sent in their entirety not selected parts or pages.
  • One of your reports needs to be from your most recent mental health placement

Additional information required:

  • The name and details of two referees (one 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

  • Given the COVID-19 situation, our interview processes are under review.
  • We may conduct our interviews via phone and/or video link if necessary.
  • If your application is successful, and you are offered an interview, we will give you more information regarding the interview process at that time.

Step 3 - Outcome of PMCV Computer Match

  • PMCV Computer Match results will be released Monday 3rd of October 2022. If you are successfully matched to St Vincent’s you will be contacted by phone within 48 hours.

Step 4 – Outcome of direct applications:

  • If you are successful in your direct application to St Vincent’s for the 2023 May intake, you will be notified in early March.

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