Graduate program – Palliative care

Mercy Health offers a 52-week Graduate Nursing Palliative Care Program at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

This is a rewarding opportunity for graduate nurses who wish to gain knowledge and build confidence in this specialty area. Graduate nurses will be able to gain skills in providing holistic care; assessing and managing pain and other symptoms; and communicating with patients, families and multidisciplinary teams.

The program aims to promote educational opportunities to graduates as they consolidate their theoretical and clinical skills. This is a structured program with a comprehensive focus on the fundamentals of palliative care.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be presented with a certificate of completion.

All graduates are contracted to work 64 hours (0.8 equivalent full time) a fortnight for a fixed term of 52 weeks.

Five weeks of paid annual leave will be taken throughout the graduate year, as per the Nurses and Midwives Enterprise Agreement.

Rotations will include:

  • Palliative care (based at Werribee Mercy Hospital) – six months
  • Palliative care (in the community) – six months


How to apply

Applicants must register with the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria Computer Matching Service and rank Mercy Health in their preferences. For further information visit:

Applications will open on 13 July 2020 and will close on 05 August 2020. Applicants will be required to apply via the Mercy Health careers website along with the supporting documents listed below:

  • letter of application stating preferred hospital location, areas of clinical interest, preferred rotations, rationale for choice and future career plans
  • two page curriculum vitae, relevant experience and clinical rotations
  • three referees (at least two need to be clinical referees) including their professional title, place of work and both email and phone contact details
  • certified copy of academic transcripts to date (including ‘key to results’)
  • two recent and certified acute clinical appraisals

Please noteSuccessful applicants are required to provide a current Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Last reviewed May 21, 2019.