Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program


 Interested in joining our 2021 Mental Health Graduate RN Program?

 Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to hold our annual open evening. 

 In lieu of this we will be holding a live online information and Q & A session.


Wednesday 10th June, Wednesday 24th June and Wednesday 8th July 2020

from 4.30pm – 5.30pm

 No RSVP Required 

Please note this session is being recorded for publication to the St Vincent's website.


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Join via phone 

+61 2 8320 9200

Conference ID: 582 005 92#

Join via a video conferencing device

VTC Conference ID: 1355146013


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



You can find our brochure and Powerpoint presentation here:

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.

You will gain credits towards a post-graduate diploma in mental health nursing through the St Vincent's Mental health Graduate Nurse Program. 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 2021 mental health Graduate Nurse Program open 8th June 2020 and close 5th August 2020. 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) and via direct applications

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 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

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 Match

PMCV Computer Match results will be released Monday 19th October. 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. 

More Information

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