Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program


Thursday 20th June 2019 17.00 - 18.00pm

2nd Floor Mental Health Unit 46 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, 3065

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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.

St Vincent's is an exciting and expanding organization with a strong commitment to providing teaching and training to all health professionals.

St Vincent's 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 your preceptor and have the opportunity to participate in weekly reflective group supervision facilitated by our education team.

You will be offered the opportunity to have a supernumerary 4 week rotation into either De Paul House (our drug and alcohol service) or one of our community teams.

You will gain credits towards a post-graduate diploma in mental health nursing through the NEVIL Graduate Nurse Program, and have the opportunity to apply for a part-time Post-Graduate position the following year, where you will complete your graduate diploma.

At St Vincent's consumer-focused care is based on The Strengths Model—A recovery-oriented approach to mental health services (Rapp & Goscha, 2012).  We appreciate that individuals have their own unique strengths that can help them achieve their maximum wellness and potential.   You will be trained in the use of key recovery tools, and will be encouraged to develop your own creative recovery-orientated care strategies. In addition our adult and aged inpatient units have also implemented the Safewards model of care.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2020 mental health Graduate Nurse Program open 11 June 2019 and close 19 July 2019. Interviews will be held early August.Please note, these positions are part-time (0.8 EFT), to ensure work-life balance

St Vincent’s Mental Health Graduate Nurse programme accepts applications via Computer Match (PMCV) and via direct applications

Applying for our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program

Computer match applications:

  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:

  • Apply online to St Vincent's Graduate Nurse Program via workday, found on St Vincent’s website.

Step 1 – Preparing your online application

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

  • Letter of application, addressed Attention to: The Mental Health Graduate Nurse Coordinator, or Jo Clayton 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

  • Interviews will be a combination of group and individual questions and activities
  • Allow approximately two hours.
  • Bring all original documents or certified copies of your application on the day of your interview.
  • Please bring a recent passport photograph with you to your interview.

Step 3 - Outcome of PMCV Match

  • PMCV Computer Match results are released in October each year. 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 you will be contacted by phone in  September.

Find out more by talking to us at

Phone: 9231 2194


More Information

Please view or print a copy of our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program Information Sheet for further information regarding clinical rotations, study requirements, credit towards post graduate study, and how to apply.

Information and Downloads


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


Or phone:

Clinical Nurse Educators
Acute Inpatient Service
Ph: 03 9231 4122