Clinical Placements & Graduate programs

Graduate Nurse Program

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

Program highlights include three four-month rotation opportunities in:

  • acute medical/surgical unit
  • rehabilitation subacute unit
  • operating suite
  • community and correctional nursing facilities
  • aged care homes.

These sites span across our Castlemaine, Maldon and Tarrengower campuses. Graduates take part in professional study days and education sessions throughout the year.

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

Upon commencement, graduates 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).  

Skills you can gain:

  • patient assessment across the lifespan
  • 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 organisational skills
  • teamwork and communication skills

Dhelkaya Health supports graduate nurses to become confident, safe, competent, and professional practitioners. For further information please call 03 54713223 or use the button below.

Midwifery Graduate Program

Dhelkaya Health, in partnership with Bendigo Health, is offering a comprehensive clinical program for Graduate Midwives in 2025.

Dhelkaya Health is a Level 2 maternity service, offering local pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting care for healthy women with normal pregnancies.

Dhelkaya Health offers:

  • three dedicated maternity birthing/postnatal rooms.
  • team of five midwives offering Midwifery Group Practice (caseload) midwifery care for women from Castlemaine, Bendigo, Kyneton, Daylesford, Woodend, the Macedon Ranges and surrounding regions
  • midwifery team who work closely with a team of local general practitioner obstetricians to provide on-call care 24/7, as required
  • continuity of care throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period, including domiciliary care up to 6 weeks postnatal
  • lactation consultant service

There are two midwifery graduate positions available in 2025.

Graduates will take part in a six-month rotation at Bendigo Health through birth suite and Women’s Ward and a six-month rotation at Dhelkaya Health in supported caseload midwifery.  One position will start at Dhelkaya Health and the other at Bendigo Health, and each graduate will swap at the six-month mark.

Preceptors, Clinical Support Nurses and Midwifery educators will ensure that the graduates are supported during their rotation. You will participate in a comprehensive orientation program to both hospitals and clinical areas.

Dhelkaya Health’s Graduate Program:

  • 6-month rotations at each health service
  • 0.8 FTE (8 shifts per fortnight)
  • work across the midwifery scope in the MGP program
  • consolidate clinical skills
  • paid study days.

 Skills you will gain:

  • teamwork
  • time management
  • working to full scope of practice in MGP program
  • working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams
  • neonatal resuscitation theoretical and practical skills
  • CTG interpretation
  • care of women and babies with increased needs.

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.

Our Castlemaine campus is within walking distance of public transport and the main town of Castlemaine. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and entertainment nearby.

Homeshare

Dhelkaya Health also runs an innovative Homeshare program, which is open to graduates and those undertaking placements with us. The program brings Homeseekers together with Homeproviders for the benefit of both. 

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Clinical Placements

Dhelkaya Health offers various placements across Maldon and Castlemaine hospitals in:

  • acute nursing
  • aged care
  • children’s services
  • coding for healthcare
  • community health
  • nursing
  • community services
  • counselling
  • exercise physiology
  • health information services
  • health promotion
  • occupational therapy
  • perioperative services
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry
  • public health
  • social work
  • speech pathology
  • sub-acute/rehab nursing.

Placements are supervised by a dedicated team of professionals, allowing students to learn on-the-job and gain valuable skills commensurate with scope of practice.

We offer frequent debrief and short education sessions (where appropriate) throughout placement.

Students must be enrolled with a registered training organisation or university.

Register your interest using the button below.

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