Pilbara graduate programs

Here you can find information on graduate nursing and midwifery programs in the Pilbara region, Western Australia.

RN graduate programs

The information on this page is now current for 2021 programs

Location Pilbara Program (Hedland, Karratha, Newman, Rotational)
Intakes February, April & August
Program description

This program will offer the graduate an experience living and working in a regional and remote setting within the Pilbara Region. A range of positions are being offered:

  • Hedland Health Campus: 12 month program with the opportunity to work in 2 different clinical areas. This includes general ward, paediatrics, dialysis, mental health, outpatients, community health.
  • Karratha Health Campus: 12 month program with 2 rotations in different clinical areas. This includes: general ward, , mental health, outpatients and community health
  • Theatre program: 12 months program in operating theatre at Karratha or Hedland Health Campus. Rotations between scrub/scout, anaesthetic nursing and post-anaesthetic unit.
  • Newman Hospital: 12 month program with experience gained in the general ward and assisting the emergency department.
  • Rotational (Hedland, Karratha, Tom Price, Onslow, Roebourne): 12 month program with 3 rotations at large and small sites around the region. Clinical areas include general ward and emergency department. This option is currently under evaluation and may be on offer for 2021 to graduates who apply for the Pilbara Program in ranked order and by preferences.

Successful applicants will be ranked and provided with the opportunity to preference hospitals, clinical areas and locations at interview. 

The Pilbara is a fantastic region for graduate nurses who have interest in rural and remote health care, aboriginal health and working in larger and smaller site hospitals.

Shared accommodation is available for graduates on the rotational program and subsidised accommodation as per WACHS policy will be available. 0.8 FTE employment, 12 month contract.

Contact

Lauren van der Linde, A/Regional Nurse Educator

Telephone: +61 8 9144 7642

Email: WACHSPB_RegionalStaffEducator@health.wa.gov.au

EN graduate program

Location Hedland Health Campus
Intakes February & August
Program description

The Hedland Health Campus has 55 inpatient beds and is the regional referral centre for the Pilbara. Graduates will be provided with the opportunity to work in 2 different areas over their 12 month contract. Areas include General Medical/Surgical Ward and dialysis.

Contact

Lauren van der Linde, A/Regional Nurse Educator

Telephone: +61 8 9144 7642

Email: WACHSPB_RegionalStaffEducator@health.wa.gov.au

  

Midwifery graduate programs

Location Hedland Health Campus
Intakes February
Program description

The Hedland Health Campus has 55 beds, and is the regional referral centre for the Pilbara. The maternity unit has 8 inpatient beds and birthing suites. Graduate midwives will have the opportunity to gain experience across all midwifery domains. These include antenatal clinic and assessment, postnatal ward, birthing suite and special care nursery (SCN-Level 2). Every year, there is an average of 340-360 births, with around 80 neonates admitted to the SCN.

Contact

Amanda McKinley – Clinical Nurse Manager, Maternity & Paediatrics  

Telephone: +61 8 91741203

Email: amanda.mckinley@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

 Location

 Karatha Health Campus

 Intakes

 February

 Program description

The new Karratha Health Campus has 40 inpatient beds. The maternity unit has 6 inpatient beds and birthing suites. Graduate midwives will have the opportunity to gain experience across all midwifery domains. These include midwifery lead antenatal clinic, antenatal classes, birthing suite, postnatal care and community midwifery. KHC is a normal risk unit servicing the West-Pilbara. Every year, there is an average of 300 births a year.

 Contact

Jane Carter - Staff Development Nurse/Midwife

Telephone: +61 8 91447636

Email: WACHSPB_RegionalStaffEducator@health.wa.gov.au

Pilbara location description

  • Karratha is the youngest and fastest growing town in the Pilbara, with an estimated population of 18,000 people. Located 1,535 km north of Perth on the North West Coastal Highway, it is situated right in the heart of the Central Pilbara Coast. Karratha was developed in the 1960s as a resource hub for the export of iron ore, natural gas and salt. Today, it is a busy, modern and well-serviced town, and a great base for exploring Millstream Chichester National Park, Karijini National Park and the 42 islands of the Dampier Archipelago. Karratha is also within driving distance of Exmouth, Coral Bay and the world-renowned Ningaloo reef.
  • Port Hedland, in the north west of WA, is 1,600 km north of Perth with a population of 15,000. It is one of the world's largest and busiest mineral ports, and has a unique blend of massive resource industrialisation and incredible natural wonders. It is an ideal location to explore the surrounding national parks, beaches and gorges, and there is also a wide variety of sporting facilities in the town.

Find out more about the Pilbara region.

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Please note - whilst all information is provided in good faith and endeavours are made to minimise the impact on graduates, due to the constantly changing nature of healthcare, graduate program components are occasionally subject to change (including locations, intake dates, rotations, access to postgraduate opportunities and other aspects).

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