Clinical Placements & Graduate programs

Graduate Nurse Program

Dhelkaya Health offers a comprehensive and supportive Graduate Nurse Program to assist graduate nurses in transitioning from student to practitioner, consolidating theoretical and clinical skills.

Program highlights include two six-month rotation opportunities in the Geroe Unit, Connolly Unit, Operating Suite, District Nursing and Aged Care. Students take part in professional study days and education sessions throughout the year.

You’ll receive a comprehensive orientation to the hospital and clinical placement areas in a friendly, supportive environment. Positions are 0.8 FTE (8 shifts per fortnight).

We have a dedicated Education Team comprising Clinical Nurse Educators and Clinical Support Nurses to ensure that all graduates are encouraged and guided in an inclusive, supported environment.

Skills you can gain:

  • Medical and surgical nursing skills
  • Palliative care
  • Rehabilitation nursing skills
  • Caring for the older person
  • Dementia-specific care
  • Wound management
  • Management of chronic conditions
  • Leadership and management
  • Teamwork

Dhelkaya Health supports graduate nurses to become confident, safe, competent, and professional practitioners.

Midwifery Graduate Program

Dhelkaya Health offers a comprehensive clinical program for Graduate Midwives in our Level 2 Maternity Service. We are a Level 2 maternity service, offering local pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting care for healthy women with normal pregnancies.

Area of care includes our 15-bed Acute Unit incorporating medical, surgical, urgent care and midwifery services. Within that, we have three dedicated maternity rooms. Our team of five midwives offer Midwifery Group Practice or caseload midwifery care for women in Castlemaine, Bendigo, Kyneton, Daylesford, Woodend, the Macedon Ranges and surrounding regions.

Our Midwifery team works closely with a team of local general practitioner obstetricians who provide on-call care 24/7, as required. We work with Bendigo Health, our regional, level 5 health service, to support local women and babies who need more specialist care.

We provide continuity of care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period.

Program highlights include paid professional study days and sessions throughout the year. You’ll participate in a comprehensive orientation to the hospital and clinical placement areas. An experienced Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Support Nurse and Clinical Midwifery Educator will support you. 

Positions are 0.8 FTE (8 shifts a fortnight)

Skills you can gain:

  • Neonatal resuscitation theoretical and
  • practical skills
  • Obstetric emergency simulation training
  • CTG interpretation
  • Leadership and management
  • Teamwork and caseload midwifery

Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program

Dhelkaya Health offers a comprehensive clinical program for Aged Care Graduate Nurses. Our Clinical Educators, Clinical Support Nurses and preceptors ensure our graduates are encouraged and guided in a supportive environment.

Program highlights include two 6-month rotation opportunities in aged care. You also participate in paid professional study days and sessions throughout the year. All program participants receive a comprehensive orientation to the hospital and clinical placement areas. You’ll also be well-supported by an experienced Clinical Nurse Educator and Clinical Support Nurse within a friendly and supportive environment. 

Positions are 0.8 FTE (8 shifts a fortnight).

Skills you can gain:

  • Pain Management
  • ISBAR Handover
  • BLS Competence
  • Mental Health Nursing Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Palliative Care
  • Leadership and Management
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Quality Indicators in Residential Aged Care
  • Quality Standards of Care
  • Assessing the Older Person
  • MANAD documentation

Accommodation

Dhelkaya Health offers on-site accommodation for students on short-term placements. Our accommodation consists of single rooms with access to a communal kitchen. The accommodation unit is directly adjacent to our clinical areas, only a few minutes away.

Dhelkaya Health’s Castlemaine campus is within walking distance of public transport and the main town of Castlemaine, and there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and entertainment nearby.

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