Streams we offer

St Vincent’s encourages and supports the ongoing development of registered nursing staff to gain postgraduate qualifications.

Students wishing to undertake postgraduate study in a specialty area may choose to study one of the courses listed below. 

The listed courses are aligned with SVHM and offer a robust content reflective of industry needs and are delivered by tertiary organisations that have a relationship with SVHM. 

Enrolments in postgraduate programs outside of those below are possible and we encourage staff to discuss postgraduate study options with the Postgraduate Coordinator. 

Email: SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au  

All new postgraduate nursing courses will be reviewed and considered by the Postgraduate Coordinator and the Manager of Continuing Development Programs.

Postgraduate scholarships are offered by SVHM, please refer to financial support information.


Palliative Care

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care Nursing - Flinders University - online

Practice Development Nurse: Shaoyun Guan

The course is offered by Flinders University.

The certificate is offered part time over 2 semesters and the Diploma can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis over 12-18 months.

The course is an online course with clinical support to complete required clinical hurdles with the Practice Development Nurse.

Minimum EFT to undertake this stream is 0.6 per fortnight in the clinical setting.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Cancer

Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing - University of Melbourne (UoM) - online

Practice Development Nurse: Kristy-Lee Jones

6 West is a 20 bed unit dedicated to caring for Haematology, Oncology and General Medicine patients. 

Course Facilitation
The course is offered by the University of Melbourne.

The Graduate Certificate is offered part time over 2 semesters and the Diploma can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis over 12-18 months.

The course is an online course with clinical support to complete required clinical hurdles with a clinical educator.

Minimum EFT to undertake this stream is 0.6 per fortnight in the clinical setting.

Skills gained

The course is designed to promote development of theoretical knowledge to support safe practice as a beginning level specialty nurse in the clinical environment of Cancer Care. You will increase your understanding in the pathophysiology of cancer and carcinogenesis, and the principles of cure, control, symptom management and palliation.
The impact of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and survivorship on the person confronted with a life threatening illness and their family will be explored.  Throughout the subject the development of knowledge and skills in therapeutic communication will be assessed, and providing physical and psychosocial care across the disease trajectory will be promoted. 

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Cardiac 

Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing - Deakin University (2022) 

Practice Development Nurse:  Emily Carracher, Fiona, Dunhill, Andie Austin and Natalie Inder

Course Facilitation

The Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing is facilitated by Deakin University. Successful applicants will enroll in the Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing. After completing 4 subjects (total 4-credit points) you may choose to exit the course at the Graduate Certificate level or complete a further 4 subjects (total 8-credit points) to obtain a Graduate Diploma or continue to complete the Master of Nursing Practice requiring overall 12-credit points.

The Graduate Certificate of Cardiac Nursing, is designed to prepare nurses for specialty practice at an advanced practice level. Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

Deakin: https://www.deakin.edu.au/study/find-a-course/nursing-and-midwifery

Clinical Rotations

Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic cardiac conditions in a variety of cardiac specialty environments.  Clinical experience will involve rotations in the coronary care unit and cardiothoracic unit.  Supernumerary time will be offered in the cardiac catheter lab, cardiac theatres and ICU.  

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Cardiac Care)

Minimum EFT to undertake this stream is 0.6 per fortnight in the clinical setting

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email: SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Emergency

Graduate Certificate of Critical Care (Emergency) -University of Melbourne (UoM)

Practice Development Nurse: Tess Wilkie, Rachel Truman, Kate Urie and Mel Cook

St. Vincent’s Melbourne facilitate two entry points (January and June) to undertake the Postgraduate Emergency Nursing stream with UoM.

The St Vincent’s Emergency Department is located in Fitzroy, servicing some of Victoria’s most complex & vulnerable patient populations. The Department consists of 38 treatment spaces including Resuscitation, Acute Cubicles, Fast Track & Short Stay areas with a new Crisis Resource Hub focusing on mental health & drug and alcohol. The Emergency Department is a tertiary referral centre for Neurosurgery, Stroke, Cardiothoracics, Plastics & lower limb injuries. St Vincent’s Emergency Department is the primary receiving health service for Correctional Services Victoria and has a close working relationship with the Royal Children’s Hospital Emergency Department. The Department has a Multi Disciplinary Team approach to providing prompt, high quality, patient centered care.

The Emergency Course offers clinical experience and education in the areas of resuscitation, triage, acute medical and surgical care and major and minor trauma care.

UoM - https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/graduate/graduate-certificate-in-critical-care-nursing/

Course Facilitation

Successful applicants will enrol into the Graduate Certificate of Critical Care – Emergency with UoM. After completing 4 subjects (total 4-credit points) you may choose to exit the course at the Graduate Certificate level or complete a further 4 subjects (total 8-credit points) to obtain a Graduate Diploma or continue to complete the Master of Nursing Practice requiring overall 12-credit points.

Clinical hurdles

  • Non-Invasive Ventilation (CPAP & BiPAP)
  • Assisting with endotracheal intubation
  • Transcutaneous cardiac pacing
  • Cardioversion (elective synchronized and emergency unsynchronized)
  • Haemodynamic Monitoring (arterial line invasive monitoring)
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Triage
  • Mechanical Ventilation

At the completion of the course students can safely care for the complex critically ill patient including those requiring mechanical ventilation and invasive haemodynamic monitoring, triage independently and be team leader in the resuscitation room.  Students will gain an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of health problems commonly encountered in the emergency department and associated interventions and care provided to a wide variety of patients.

Minimum EFT to undertake this stream is 0.6 per fortnight in the clinical setting.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email: SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.a

Intensive Care

SVHM DCCM Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing Course

Stream Facilitators: Liz Delaney and Lauren Emmett

The Department of Critical Care Medicine (DCCM) is 15 bed, open plan, Level 3 tertiary referral unit encompassing an intensive care (ICU) and high dependency unit (HDU).

The DCCM admits deteriorating patients from the ward environment, Operating Theatre, Emergency Department plus external admissions from other metropolitan and rural hospitals via Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV).
Patients admitted to the DCCM present with a wide range of clinical conditions that require intensive nursing care and complex management strategies including; cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, haematology, oncology, medical and general surgery, gastrointestinal, orthopaedic and plastics.

ICU Postgraduate Nursing Students at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) will complete the academic components of the course at Deakin University, by enrolling in the Graduate Certificate of Intensive Care Nursing.
Graduate Certificate of Intensive Care Nursing students are supported in the clinical area by Practice Development Nurses, to provide one on one care to patients with a range of different requirements including; advanced haemodynamic monitoring, management of vasoactive and inotropic drugs, temporary pacing, external ventricular drains / Codman’s, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV), mechanical ventilation support and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (CRRT).

For information about the academic requirements of Deakin University’s, Graduate Certificate of Intensive Care Nursing, please visit: deakin.edu.au/nursing-and-midwifery

For further information about the clinical requirements of Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing at SVHM, please contact the stream facilitators via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au 

Medical

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical) – Australian Catholic University

Practice Development Nurse: Cass Coshan 

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Medical) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence.

The Medical stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Clinical Experience
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic medical conditions.  Clinical experience will be facilitated by experienced medical nurses.    Supernumerary time will also be given in the high dependency unit.   

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Medical)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Mental Health

For any enquiries about Postgraduate studies in Mental Health please email MHTrainingEducation@svhm.org.au 

Neuroscience

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience) – Australian Catholic University

Practice Development Nurse: Cheree Brown

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence.

The Neuroscience stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Clinical Rotations

Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic Neurological conditions.  Clinical experience will be facilitated by experienced Neuroscience nurses. It is anticipated that clinical time will also be facilitated in the neuroscience theatres and interventional radiology.  

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Neuroscience)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Orthopaedics

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Orthopaedics) – Australian Catholic University

Practice Development Nurse: TBA

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Orthopaedics) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. The course is facilitated by St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

The Orthopaedic stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Speciality Practice 1 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)]

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s) 

Clinical Rotations
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions.  Clinical experience will be facilitated by experienced orthopaedic nurses.    Supernumerary time will also be provided in Orthopaedic Theatres.   

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Orthopaedics)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Renal

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Renal) - online stream Australian Catholic University

Practice Development Nurse: Emmet O'Flaherty

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Renal) is designed to prepare nurses for specialty practice at an advanced practice level. Through the combination of theory and practice and the units offered by ACU the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence.

Those undertaking the stream are employed either on 10 East or the Dialysis unit at St Vincent's Melbourne. 

St Vincent's offers rotation time for the 10 East staff to experience working in the Dialysis unit. Participants will be required to complete clinical competencies, attend two Renal study days and be offered supernumerary time in Operating suite and various clinics at St Vincent's including the renal transplant clinic and vascular access clinic.

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Perioperative

Graduate Certificate of Perioperative Nursing (Perianaesthesia/Perioperative)

Graduate Certificate of Perianaesthesia Nursing

Graduate Certificate of Intraoperative Nursing

Deakin University (2023) Full scholarships available for study in 2023

Practice Development Nurse: Chris Hunter and Lisa Tricarico

Course Facilitation

The Graduate Certificate of Perioperative, Perianaesthesia or Intraoperative nursing streams are facilitated by Deakin University. For study in 2023 successful applicants will need to enrol in either the – Perioperative, Perianaesthesia or Intraoperative stream with Deakin. After completing 4 subjects (total 4-credit points) you may choose to exit the course at the graduate certificate level or complete a further 4 subjects (total 8-credit points) to obtain a graduate diploma or continue to complete the Master of Nursing Practice requiring overall 12-credit points.

The Graduate Certificate streams, are designed to prepare nurses for specialty practice at an advanced practice level within the Operating Suite. Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

Deakin:  https://www.deakin.edu.au/study/find-a-course/nursing-and-midwifery

Clinical Experience
Each student will spend clinical time in scrub scout, anaesthetics and PACU and be exposed to a number of surgical specialties in order to place theory into a practical context, provide opportunities to expand their repertoire of surgical skills and provide an experiential basis for their learning. 

Minimum EFT to undertake this stream is 0.6 per fortnight in the clinical setting.

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Nursing (Perioperative, Perianaesthesia or Intraoperative)

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Plastics

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Plastics) – Australian Catholic University 

 

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Plastics) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. 

The Plastics stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Clinical Nursing (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s Private Hospital)

Semester 2 

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU) 
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s Private Hospital)

This course in run by St Vincent’s private hospital and will be offered in 2021.

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Plastics)

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au

Surgical

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Surgical) – Australian Catholic University

Practice Development Nurse: TBA

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Surgical) is designed to prepare nurses for speciality practice at an advanced practice level.  Through the combination of theory and practice, and the sequence of units, the course offers an opportunity for progressive development of knowledge, skills and competence. The course is facilitated by St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

The Surgical stream consists of four (4) subjects.

Semester 1

  • NRSG636 Foundations of Clinical Nursing (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG633 Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Semester 2

  • NRSG637 Foundations of Speciality Practice 2 (facilitated by ACU)
  • NRSG 635 Extended Clinical Nursing  (facilitated by St Vincent’s)

Clinical Experience
Each student will be given an opportunity to care for patients presenting with a wide variety of complex acute and chronic surgical conditions in a variety of surgical specialty environments.

Supernumerary time may also be given in general operating theatres and with stomal therapy, continence and breast care nurses. 

Exit with a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Nursing (Surgical)

For further information please contact the stream facilitator via email at SVHM.Education.reception@svha.org.au