Pilbara graduate programs

Graduate programs in the Pilbara allow newly qualified nurses and midwives to develop their skills while working in hospitals across the region.

Graduates can gain experience at Hedland Health Campus (the regional resource centre) and Karratha Health Campus (an integrated district health service), as well as other smaller hospitals across the region. 

Programs offered include: 

  • Transition to Emergency Department Nursing working across Hedland Health Campus, Karratha Health Campus and smaller hospital emergency departments which will include some shifts on general ward areas
  • NQN Rotational Program which is offered at Hedland Health Campus, Karratha Health Campus and Newman Hospital
  • Specialised NQN Programs including:
    • Transition to Cancer Services
    • Transition to Population Health
    • Transition to Peri-Operative nursing
    • Transition to Aged Care nursing
    • Infection Prevention and Control
    • Transition to Community Health
    • Transition to Community Mental Health
  • NQM Rotational Program across the continuum of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal. 
  • Enrolled Nurse graduate programs are offered at Hedland Health Campus where graduates will rotate between the medical and surgical inpatient ward

The Pilbara is a fantastic region for graduate nurses and midwives who have an interest in rural and remote health care, Aboriginal health and working at sites both large and small.

About the Pilbara

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 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.

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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).
Last Updated: 17/05/2022