About the Program

The Pathway to Specialty Practice Program (PSP) allows registered nurses, to extend their clinical experience, enhance their knowledge and skills whilst taking the next step towards their career in specialty practice.

The PSP is a twelve month, part time (0.8EFT) program, with two six month rotations offering you supported succession planning to achieve your future career goals including transition to postgraduate studies. On offer are also 6 month only programs in the areas of Emergency and Cardiac.

In 2022 there will be two Intakes

  • January 31st 2022
  • June 6th 2022

Applications for January intake open Friday 1st October and close on Friday 22nd October

Pathway rotations are available in the specialty areas of Critical Care, Emergency, Cardiac, Neurosciences, Specialty Surgery, Specialty Medicine, Renal, Palliative Care/Oncology, Theatre (Peri-operative, Anaesthetics and Recovery), Mental Health, Community (St Vincent’s at Home) and Correctional Health. Applicants will be requested to identify their preferred pathway as part of their application process.

As a PSP participant you will have clinical support from the Education & Learning team to advance your development as independent learners and future clinical leaders. The supported nature of the program, incorporating blended learning, simulation training and discovery days is designed specifically to provide participants with a solid foundation prior to commencing post graduate study.

Objectives of the Pathway to Specialty Practice Program

  • To provide acute clinical experience in the clinical stream of choice
  • To advance theoretical and skill development to complement clinical practice, including completion of clinical hurdles
  • To support application of advanced physiology and pathophysiology principles to enhance critical thinking skills
  • To provide opportunities to develop clinical skills and enhance clinical leadership and clinical decision making
  • Introduce participants to advanced critical thinking and complex nursing care
  • Prepare participants for postgraduate study


To apply for the Pathway to Specialty Practice program you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Successful completion of a Graduate Nurse Program (by commencement of the program), nurses may be Grade 2 year 2 or above.