Kimberley graduate programs

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

RN graduate program

  This information has been updated for 2018.

Location Kimberley Rotational Program (Broome, Derby and Kununurra)
Intakes February & August
Program description

This program consists of at least 16 weeks in each of the three major hospitals in the region: Broome, Derby and Kununurra. 

While in Broome you may select to have a rotation into the Mabu Liyan Broome Mental Health Unit, and an additional option of your final 4 weeks within the unit at the end of the graduate program. Broome or Derby rotation may give you the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in the Emergency Department setting: this will only take place in your second or third rotation. The final four weeks of your 12 months with us may be spent at the smaller hospitals of Fitzroy Crossing or Halls Creek.  Should you elect to do this, you will be assessed for suitability based on negotiation with the Director of Nursing at your chosen site. 

All 3 hospitals support surrounding small hospitals and remote area nursing posts, including servicing a large indigenous population. Broad medical and surgical experience will be gained in the general wards, incorporating adult and paediatric patients. This program suits graduates interested in remote areas, indigenous health and mental health. 

Subsidised accommodation will be available, 0.8 FTE employment.

Contact

Sally Clark, Regional Nurse Educator

Telephone 0459857875

Email: sally.clark@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Location  Broome Hospital
Intakes

 February & August

Program description

This program is fully based in Broome, and may consist of rotations into the General Ward, Mental Health Unit, Paediatric Unit, Theatres and the opportunity to rotate into the Emergency Department (after 16 weeks).

Eligibility for this program is reliant on the graduate being able to provide own accommodation in Broome, as no accommodation is provided.

0.6 FTE employment, 12 month contract. 

Contact

Sally Clark, Regional Nurse Educator

Telephone 0459857875

Email: sally.clark@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Location   Broome Mental Health Unit
Intakes

 February

Program description

The mental health program is an opportunity to work directly within the mental health setting.

The graduate will be employed with Kimberley Mental Health and Drug service for the whole program. There may be opportunity to experience Community Mental Health and possibly Emergency Department placement, although the predominance of the contract will be within the Broome Mental Health Unit / Mabu Liyan, which is a 13 bed acute care psychiatric inpatient facility located within Broome Hospital for the Kimberley and Pilbara regions (voluntary and involuntary patients).

Subsidised accommodation will be available, 0.8 FTE employment.

Contact

Sally Clark, Regional Nurse Educator

Telephone 0459857875

Email: sally.clark@health.wa.gov.au

 

Alternative contact:

Andrew Shaw.  Manager, Mabu Liyan

Telephone: 08 91944111

Email: Andrew.shaw@health.wa.gov.au

 

 

Location

 Kimberley Community and Population Health

Intakes

 August

Program description

The Community and Population Health Program is an opportunity to experience primary health practice in Community and Population Health settings. This may include rotations in Broome, Derby, Kununurra and/or Fitzroy Crossing, and may also involve placement in remote community clinics in the region.

Ideal applicants will have an interest in nursing from a primary health perspective and will be considering a future nursing career in remote locations in Australia and/or developing countries. They will also have an interest in Aboriginal health.  There may be opportunity to negotiate a rotation to an acute hospital setting as part of the program.

Subsidised accommodation will be available, 0.8 FTE employment

Contact

Sally Clark, Regional Nurse Educator

Telephone 0459857875

Email: sally.clark@health.wa.gov.au

Midwifery graduate program

Location Broome Hospital
Intakes August
Program description The program is based in Broome Hospital, a 49-bed hospital that acts as the regional resource centre for the Kimberley region. Maternity patients have state-of-the-art facilities, with two labour wards, an inpatient unit and a Level 2 nursery. The unit is staffed by experienced midwives and medical staff, who are supported in their work by a range of allied health and community health professionals. The hospital supports around 250 births per year, and graduate may also have the opportunity to work in antenatal clinics at the hospital, antenatal classes and postnatal visiting service. Graduate midwives will be supported by a Clinical Nurse Manager, clinical midwives and a Staff Development Nurse while working in Broome.
Key contact

Michaela Blomqvist, A/Clinical Nurse Manager

Telephone: +61 8 9194 2366

Email: Michaela.blomqvist@health.wa.gov.au

Kimberley location description

The Kimberley Region is located in the far north of Western Australia.

  • Broome offers a unique and diverse range of lifestyle and recreational pursuits, close to beautiful beaches and many gorges, rivers and national parks. The resident population of Broome is around 15,000, but during the dry season, this swells to approx 50,000.
  • Derby is located on the King Sound near the mouth of the Fitzroy River. The population of Derby and its surrounding communities is estimated to be around 5,000 people, fluctuating during the tourist season to around 7,000. Derby has exceptional access to gorges, fishing and camping locations.
  • Kununurra is part of the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley, which covers an area of 121,000 square kilometres. Kununurra itself has an estimated population of around 5,000 and is located within the Ord River Irrigation Area on the edge of Lake Argyle. Popular activities in the area include camping, fishing, bushwalking and water sports.

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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 numbers, rotations, access to postgraduate opportunities and other aspects).