About nursing and midwifery graduate programs

General information relating to all graduate nursing and midwifery programs in WA Country Health Service.

Why start your nursing or midwifery career in the country?

Our graduate programs in country WA provide opportunities for you to:

  • Work across a wide range of environments
  • Work in a variety of practice settings
  • Gain a broad range of clinical experiences
  • Get involved with multidisciplinary health teams
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Enjoy the relaxed and friendly lifestyle
  • Work with a strong sense of community
  • Experience our rich and diverse cultural heritage
  • Enjoy fantastic recreational experiences
  • Travel and explore Western Australia.


Recruitment for all 1st year graduate RN, EN and midwifery programs within the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is via GradConnect the WA Department of Health's centralised graduate recruitment website. This takes place twice a year in July and March, depending upon type of program and commencement date. Applications are only open for a short time. See recruitment and opportunities for further information.

Wages and conditions

Wages and conditions for graduate nurses within WACHS are governed by the relevant industrial award, which can be found in the Department of Health Awards and Agreements Library.

See salaries for more information.

Allowances and benefits

Depending upon the region, additional allowances and benefits may be available. These may include subsidised accommodation, district allowances, tax zone benefits and additional leave. For site-specific benefits and allowances (including accommodation availability), contact the various sites directly.

See benefits for country health workers for more information.

Rural lifestyle

The Living and working in Country WA page provides a wealth of information to help you determine if the rural lifestyle is for you.

Ongoing opportunities

Have you completed a 1st year graduate RN/Midwife program or have comparable experience?

Many WA Country Health Service (WACHS) sites offer opportunities for educational rotations through specialty areas such as operating theatre, high dependency units, emergency departments, mental health etc.

Enquire at your preferred site (see 1st year graduate program site contacts) to find out what opportunities exist.

Also you may wish to consider one of our WACHS-wide rotational programs.


"It is an excellent opportunity that will enhance your nursing career. You will gain an understanding of many different areas of nursing, plus make life-long friends."
Charlotte, Port Hedland

"Take the plunge. A new place can make rewarding friendships."
Ann, Geraldton

"The experience is very broad and you never have the same situations twice, from a sore throat to a major trauma."
Jessica, Merredin

"My graduate program has given me the chance to development additional skills, different from those in a metro program. I have also had the chance to get out of my comfort zone, both professionally and personally."
Sally, Kalgoorlie

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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).